Evanston’s unemployment rate rose in January to 5.3 percent, up from 4.1 percent a year ago.

The figures, released Friday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, show that the rate here is still will below the level for the Chicago region as a whole, which rose to 8.2 percent in January, up from 5.8 percent a year ago.

The Evanston numbers are slightly higher than thoses for some other nearby suburbs, including Wilmette, which had the lowest level of any town of over 25,000 population in the state at 4.2 percent — although that was up by 1.2 percentage points from a year ago.

The jobless rate in Glenview and Highland Park was 5.0 percent, while it was 5.5 percent in Arlington Heights, 5.6 percent in Oak Park, 5.9 percent in Skokie, 8.0 percent in Des Plaines, 8.8 percent in the City of Chicago and 13.5 percent in Waukegan.

The Evanston rate was also up from December, when the city recorded a jobless rate of 4.6 percent. The state jobless figures are not seasonally adjusted.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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