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More workers, but jobless rate unchanged

Evanston’s workforce grew by 269 people last month and 242 of them found jobs. But that wasn’t enough to budge the city’s unemployment rate from 7.7 percent.

The latest numbers from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show the city had 38,464 people with jobs and 3,212 people looking for work in November.

Evanston’s workforce grew by 269 people last month and 242 of them found jobs. But that wasn’t enough to budge the city’s unemployment rate from 7.7 percent.

The latest numbers from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show the city had 38,464 people with jobs and 3,212 people looking for work in November.

Evanston added new jobs at the same pace as the Chicago metro area as a whole, but for the metro area the jobless rate declined slightly, from 10.4 to 10.3 percent, because not quite as many additional people were looking for work. The statewide jobless rate remained unchanged in November at 10.5.

The state and city jobless rates are roughly 4 percentage points higher than they were a year ago, while Evanston’s jobless rate is up 3.1 percent over the year.

Ten of the nearly 100 communities in the state with more than 25,000 residents reported jobless rates last month lower than Evanston.

They were Arlington Heights and Park Ridge at 7.6 percent, Elmhurst at 7.5 percent, Normal at 7.3 percent, Glen Ellyn at 7.1 percent, Glenview and Highland Park at 6.9 percent, Carbondale and Northbrook at 6.6 percent and Wilmette at 6.4 percent.

Among other metro-area communities, Downers Grove and Oak Park were tied with Evanston at 7.7 percent. The rate was 8 percent in Skokie, 10.4 percent in Des Plaines, 11.4 percent in the City of Chicago and 13.2 percent in Waukegan.

The jobless figures are not seasonally adjusted.

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