In a pattern that’s been seen for the past several years, Evanston’s jobless rate rose in June to 5.4 percent, from 5.1 percent in May.

But the Illinois Department of Employment Security says the rate last month was down nearly a full percentage point from 6.3 percent in June last year.

For the Chicago metro area as a whole the jobless rate was 6.0 percent in June, up from 5.8 percent in May, but down from 7.1 percent a year ago.

Statewide the rate was 5.9 percent in June, up from 5.6 percent in May and down from 7.1 percent a year ago.

For the third month in a row 41 of the 104 communities in Illinois with more than 25,000 residents had lower jobless rates than Evanston. Highland Park had the lowest rate at 3.6 percent, followed by Vernon Hills at 4.0, with Mundelein and St. Charles tied at 4.1 percent.

The rate in Wilmette was 4.6 percent and it was 5.3 percent in Skokie.

The highest jobless rates in the state last month were in Harvey, at 12.8 percent, and Dolton, at 11.2 percent.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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