Evanston’s jobless rate declined in February as about 300 more residents found jobs.

But the the labor force also grew by more than 200 people, so the total number of people looking for work only dropped by about 100.

Evanston’s jobless rate declined in February as about 300 more residents found jobs.

But the the labor force also grew by more than 200 people, so the total number of people looking for work only dropped by about 100.

The net effect was that 38,547 Evanstonians had jobs in February, and the jobless rate declined from 8.2 percent in January to 7.9 percent in February. But that was still up substantially from the jobless rate of 6.3 percent a year ago.

Figures released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security today also show that the jobless rate for the Chicago metro area stood at 11.3 percent in February, down from 11.5 percent in January. But the rate was just 9.1 percent a year ago.

Statewide the jobless rate in February was 12 percent, down from 12.2 percent in January, but up from 9.4 percent a year ago.

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

They were Glenview, Highland Park and Wheaton at 7.8 percent, Elmhurst and Oak Park at 7.7 percent, Carbondale at 7.5 percent, Northbrook at 7.2 percent and Wilmette at 6.6 percent.
 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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