Evanston’s jobless rate jumped in February to its highest level in 17 months.
Figures released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security show that 7.7 percent of Evanston’s workforce was unemployed in February. That’s up from 7.4 percent in January and 6.2 percent in February 2012.
The last time the jobless rate in Evanston was this high was in September 2011.
The number of people with jobs decline by 43, and the number of people looking for work grew by 146. The total Evanston labor force stood at 41,324 in February, with 3,189 looking for work.
The jobless rate for the Chicago metro area rose even more, from a revised 9.9 percent in January to 10.4 percent in February. The statewide rate also rose, from 10.1 to 10.5 percent.
Twelve of the nearly 100 towns in Illinois with more than 25,000 residents had lower unemployment rates than Evanston in February. That number was down from 19 in January.
Wilmette had the lowest jobless rate, 6.4 percent. Glenview was at 6.9 percent, and Northbrook and Oak Park were tied at 7.2 percent.