Evanston’s jobless rate remained unchanged last month at 8.2 percent.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported today that the number of people with jobs in the city increased by 208 people last month to 39,447 but the number of people looking for work grew by 26 to 3,523.

Evanston’s jobless rate remained unchanged last month at 8.2 percent.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported today that the number of people with jobs in the city increased by 208 people last month to 39,447 but the number of people looking for work grew by 26 to 3,523.

The jobless rate in Evanston in July was up slightly from 7.9 percent a year ago.

The jobless rate for all of Illinois was also unchanged at 10.6 percent last month down from 10.7 percent a year ago. The state jobless number remains above the national average, which rose to 9.7 percent in July from 9.6 percent in June.

For the Chicago metro area, the unemployment rate eased slightly to 10.5 percent in July from 10.6 percent in June and 10.6 percent in July a year ago.

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

They were Arlington Heights and Carbondale at 7.9 percent, Elmhurst at 7.8 percent, Park Ridge at 7.7 percent, Glen Ellyn at 7.5 percent, Highland Park at 7.4 percent, Glenview and Northbrook at 7.2 percent and Wilmette at 6.8 percent.
 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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