Unemployment for New Lenox, Will County Continues to Drop: November 2012 Stats

With a fiscal cliff looming, the Department of Employment Security said last month that a solution was necessary to help improve jobless rates.

Unemployment rates in Illinois dropped slightly from October 2012 to November, to 8.2 percent, and are a full percentage point compared to 2011, according to new figures released last week. 

November local unemployment rates fell in 11 of 12 metro areas compared to last year, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

"The trend of falling unemployment rates across Illinois shows that our economy continues to improve," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "The largest challenge to local economic growth is the fiscal cliff. Economic progress could slow at every level and we risk another recession if Congress does not work together to craft a solution."

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act, which aims to increase taxes on the wealthy and also extends expiring jobless benefits.

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 8.4 percent in October 2012 to 8.2 percent in November. Compared to October 2011, unemployment in Illinois has dropped 1 percent. 

The U.S. average unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in November 2012. 


Nov. 2012 Oct. 2012 Nov. 2011 % Change Over Month % Change Over Year Chicago Heights 12.3 11.9 15.2 0.4 -2.9 Evergreen Park 9.0 9.3 10.8 -0.3 -1.8 Oak Forest 8.1 7.9 9.1 0.2 -1.0 Oak Lawn 8.1 8.5 9.7 -0.4 -1.6 Orland Park 6.7 7.0 7.8 -0.3 -1.1 Tinley Park 6.9 7.2 8.0 -0.3 -1.1 Cook County 8.8 9.0 10.0 -0.2 -1.2 Will County 8.1 8.1 9.3 0.0 -1.2 Illinois 8.2 8.4 9.2 -0.2 -1.0 U.S. Average 7.4 7.5 8.2 -0.1


Ann Piasecki January 10, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Hi Folks, Maybe we can help those numbers. Patch is starting a Job Hiring guide on Tuesday. If you know of anyone in the Lincoln-Way area that's hiring, tell us in the comments.
Jill January 11, 2013 at 12:48 AM
just because someone isn't collecting unemployment does not mean they have found a job. Many have been kicked off by IDES, so these numbers are never accurate.
Charles Reasoner January 11, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Our economy has been recovering albeit slowly, and we have been seeing that in Will County, including in New Lenox. Look at the housing starts or just drive through Water Chase. Consider the jobs created by widening U.S. 30, which was in large measure made possible by the Obama Stimulus package. And look at the opportunity for new business that project will bring. Would Portillos have come here if that project wasn't under way? I doubt it. We need another 5-6 years to recover from the real estate and housing crash of 2008 and all the out of control spending before that, but we are on the right track.
JM of NL January 11, 2013 at 07:04 PM
These numbers are only accurate when they can be used to discredit the efforts of the current administration.
pro streeter January 13, 2013 at 07:14 AM
These numbers are being used by the current administration to try to boast job growth.. Thats BS!!! Many people have not been counted because they have run out of benefits or have retired from the workforce. The current administration has done nothing but force companies overseas, and closed down small businesses...


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