Evanston’s jobless rate rose by half a percentage point last month to 8.2 percent.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported today that the number of people with jobs in the city increased 27 people last month to 39,225 but the number of people looking for work grew by 221 to 3,487.

Evanston’s jobless rate rose by half a percentage point last month to 8.2 percent.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported today that the number of people with jobs in the city increased 27 people last month to 39,225 but the number of people looking for work grew by 221 to 3,487.

The jobless rate in Evanston in June was the same as it was a year ago.

he increase in Evanston paralleled a jump in the statewide jobless rate from 10 to 10.6 percent. A year earlier 10.5 percent of Illinois workers were unemployed. The state jobless number remains above the national average, which rose to 9.6 percent in June from 9.3 percent in May.

For the Chicago metro area, the unemployment rate rose to 10.6 percent from 10.3 percent in June, compared to 10.8 percent a year ago.

Of the nearly 100 communities in Illinois with more than 25,000 residents, nine reported jobless rates in June lower than Evanston.

They were Arlington Heights at 8 percent, Elmhurst at 7.9 percent, Park Ridge at 7.8 percent, Carbondale and Glen Ellyn at 7.6 percent, Glenview and Northbrook at 7.4 percent, Wilmette at 7.2 percent and Highland Park at 7 percent.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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