The unemployment rate in Evanston remained unchanged in October at 7.0 percent, its lowest level since April.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security released the jobless figures Thursday for September and October. Both sets of monthly numbers had been delayed because of the federal government shutdown earlier this fall.

The size of the city’s workforce continued to contract, falling from 42,059 in August to 41,637 in October. The pool of people looking fo work fell from 3,257 to 2,903. The number of people with jobs declied by 68 over the two months span.

The jobless rate across the Chicago metro area and for all of Illinois remained steady at 8.3 percent in October.

Of the roughly 100 communities in Illinois with more than 25,000 residents, 29 had jobless rates lower than Evanston in October — led by Glenview with a 5.8 percent rate and GlenEllyn Mount Prospect and Northbrook, each with a rate of 5.9 percent.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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