Jobless rate hits 5 percent


The unemployment rate continued to improve in Evanston last month, dropping one tenth of a percentage point to 5.0 percent.

It's now been below the 6 percent level for seven months and is at its lowest rate in well over three years.

Figures from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show that of the just over 100 communities in Illinois with more than 25,000 residents, 24 had jobless rates lower than Evanston last month. That's down from 27 with better rates in September.

The lowest jobless rate in the state — 4.2 percent — was found in Glenview and Elmhurst. Northbrook was at 4.3 percent, Palatine at 4.4 percent  and seven towns — Arlington Heights, Downers Grove, Mount Prospect, Schaumburg, St. Charles, Wheeling and Wilmette — were at 4.5 percent.

The worst jobless rates in the state last month were East St. Louis at 11.7 percent, Kankakee at 10.1 percent and Rockford at 10 percent

The statewide jobless rate was 6.2 percent in October, unchanged from September, but down from 8.7 percent a year ago. The Chicago metro rate was unchanged at 6.1 percent, but down from 8.5 percent a year ago.

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