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Evanston’s jobless rate hit is lowest level in two years last month. The rate dropped from 6.5 percent in February to 6.2 percent in March.

The last time it was lower was in March 2009 when the rate was 6.1 percent. A year ago the rate was 7.8 percent.

Evanston’s jobless rate hit is lowest level in two years last month. The rate dropped from 6.5 percent in February to 6.2 percent in March.

The last time it was lower was in March 2009 when the rate was 6.1 percent. A year ago the rate was 7.8 percent.

Evanston’s workforce grew last month by 119 people to 42,042. In all, 233 more people were working and 114 fewer people were jobless.

The jobless rate for the Chicago metro area, the state and the nation also declined 0.3 percent last month — to 8.9 percent for Chicago, 9.1 percent for Illinois and 9.2 percent for the nation.

Eleven of the nearly 100 towns in Illinois with more than 25,000 residents had a lower unemployment rate in March than Evanston. that was down from 13 in February.

The towns with lower rates in March included Downers Grove at 6.1 percent, Arlington Heights at 6 percent, Highland Park at 5.9 percent, Elmhurst, Naperville and Wheaton at 5.8 percent, Glen Ellyn and Oak Park at 5.6 percent, Northbrook at 5.5 percent, Carbondale and Glenview at 5.4 percent and Wilmette at 5.3 percent.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Bad News for Wally

    This is bad news for Wally.  Morale at City Hall is as bad as ever because of Wally’s demeaning management style.  Many employees are planning to bail when the job market improves. This is good news for them.   The current trend of less services and higher taxes goes on.  When will it end?

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