The jobless rate in Evanston rose three-tenths of a percent to 6.9 percent in January.

Figures from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show that, compared to December, the city’s workforce shrank by 570 people and 93 more people reported they were looking for work.

The jobless rate in Evanston rose three-tenths of a percent to 6.9 percent in January.

Figures from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show that, compared to December, the city’s workforce shrank by 570 people and 93 more people reported they were looking for work.

The picture for the Chicago metro area as a whole was worse, with unemployment rising eight-tenths of a percent to 9.5 percent.

A year ago the jobless rate in Evanston was 8.2 percent and the metro area rate was 11.7 percent.

Compared to other Illinois towns, Evanston’s position improved. Twenty-one of the nearly 100 communities in illinois with more than 25,000 residents had a lower jobless rate than Evanston in December — that number declined to 15 in January.

The towns doing better in January were Buffalo Grove at 6.8 percent, Carbondale, Downers Grove and Park Ridge at 6.5 percent, Arlington Heights at 6.4 percent, Naperville at 6.2 percent, Elmhurst and Glen Ellyn at 6.2 percent, Highland Park, Oak Park and Wheaton at 6.1 percent, Glenview at 5.8 percent, Northbrook at 5.7 percent and Wilmette at 5.4 percent.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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