McHenry County jobless rate tumbles to 7 pct.

McHenry County's unemployment rate tumbled to 7 percent in September, down from 8.9 percent in September 2011, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The county’s rate was its lowest since December 2008, when it was 7 percent. A month earlier, In November 2008, it was 6 percent; in January 2009, it leapt to 8.5 percent.

According to IDES spokesman Greg Rivara, the the jobless rate in the city of McHenry was 7.3 percent, compared to 9.5 percent in 2011.

Other jobless numbers showed Algonquin at 7 percent, down from 8.9 percent a year ago; Crystal Lake, 7.7 percent, down from 9.2 percent; and Lake in the Hills, 7 percent, down from 9 percent.

Carpentersville’s jobless rate fell to 8 percent compared to 10.6 percent a year ago. The jobless rate fell from 9.3 to 7.3 percent in Kane County.

September local unemployment rates fell in every metro area compared to last year, The largest declines were in: Rockford (down 2.6 points to 11 percent), Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (down 2.1 points to 8 percent) and Kankakee-Bradley (down 1.3 points to 10.5 percent). The state's not seasonally adjusted rate has dropped every month this year.

"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. "Hiring managers need to see consistent, long-term tax policy and spending priorities by the federal government before we will see stronger hiring increases."

Payrolls increased in seven metros and fell in five. The largest increases were in Rockford, up 1.5 percent, 2,200 jobs; Kankakee-Bradley, up 1.4 percent, 600 jobs; Springfield, up 1 percent, 1,100 jobs; and Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, up 0.9 percent, 34,600 jobs.