Illinois Unemployment Rates Drop Across the Board in September

In the south suburbs, the unemployment rate dropped from August to September this year and is generally below the state average, according to data released last week.

The unemployment rates in Illinois is still above 8 percent, but most communities saw a decrease in out-of-work residents in September 2012, according to new figures released last week. 

September local unemployment rates fell in every metro area compared to last year, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

 "This month's report highlights that we have made steady progress in lowering the unemployment rate, but more needs to be done," IDES Director Jay Rowell said in a news release. "Hiring managers need to see consistent, long-term tax policy and spending priorities by the federal government before we will see stronger hiring increases."

IDES generally reports unemployment figures for municipalities with populations of 25,000 or more people. The numbers measure unemployment for residents who live in a certain town, not those who work in the town. 

Statewide the unemployment rate dropped from 8.9 percent in August 2012 to 8.1 percent in September. Compared to September 2011, unemployment in Illinois has dropped 1.7 percent. 

Although fewer people are out of work in Illinois as of late, the rate still lags behind the national average of 7.6 percent unemployment. Illinois saw slightly larger gains in the last month, though, with a .9 percent drop compared to .6 percent nationally.


Sept. 2012 Aug. 2012 Sept. 2011 % Change Over Month % Change Over Year Chicago Heights 11.2 12.8 16 -1.6 -4.8 Evergreen Park 8.4 9.4 11.4 -1 -3 Oak Forest 7.5 8.8 9.4 -1.3 -1.9 Oak Lawn 7.9 8.9 10.3 -1 -2.4 Orland Park 6.5 7.3 8.4 -0.8 -1.9 Tinley Park 6.8 7.6 8.5 -0.8 -1.7 Cook County 8.5 9.3 10.7 -0.8 -2.2 Will County 7.7 8.5 9.9 -0.8 -2.2 Illinois 8.1 8.9 9.8 -0.8 -1.7 U.S. Average 7.6 8.2 8.8 -0.6 -1.2


Sept. 2012 Aug. 2012 Aug. 2011 % Change Over Month % Change Over Year Bolingbrook (Will County portion) 7.5 8.4 9.4 -0.9 -1.9 Joliet 9.5 10.5 12.0 -1.0 -2.5 Naperville (Will County portion) 6.5 7.3 8.4 -0.8 -1.9 Oswego 6.7 7.9 8.0 -1.2 -1.3 Plainfield 6.4 6.9 8.4 -0.5 -2.0 Romeoville 7.9 8.6 9.4 -0.7 -1.5 Kendall County 6.6 7.6 8.4 -1.0 -1.8 Will County 7.7 8.5 9.9 -0.8 -2.2 Illinois 8.1 8.9 9.8 -0.8 -1.7 U.S. Average 7.6 8.2 8.8 -0.6 -1.2
JM of NL October 30, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Wait a minute! This doesn't make sense. I am being told over and over that because of the last four years, this country is doomed!. This data has to be wrong.
Eric Blair October 31, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Nonsense. The numbers don't take into account the people who have stopped looking for work numbering in the tens of thousands in Illinois alone with more than 2.5 million nationally. They also don't show that the jobs "created" are mostly low paying domestic service jobs including health care and social assistance jobs along with waitresses and bartenders combined with retail sales. Real jobs that produce a tangible product that can be exported dropped by 16,000 nationally. Despite all the negative numbers this crazy government still issues more than 200,000 work visas monthly so legal foreigners can come to our country and drive down the wages. So called free trade for the sake of corporate profits is and has been destroying our economy while all along government officials smile and tell us it's for our own good even though the situation doesn't ever improve. Will Americans ever wake up to what's being done to them by design? Free trade isn't free.
Eric Blair October 31, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Right, everything is looking brighter. Not only is unemployment falling the rate of inflation is less than 2%. In addition Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and 19 illiterate cave dwellers outfoxed the multi-billion$ U.S. intelligence apparatus. Not only that but extraterrestrials from the planet Metron are really in charge of breeding humans for their intergalactic slavery trade. If the corporate/for profit media says it's true it must be.


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