McHenry County’s unemployment rate hit 10.2 percent in February, up from 9.4 percent a year ago, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
The jobless rate in Crystal Lake was 9.5 percent compared with 8.9 percent in February 2012, said IDES spokesman Greg Rivara. Other jobless numbers showed Algonquin at 9.3 percent, up from 7.9 percent a year ago; McHenry, 10.2 percent, up from 9.3 percent; and Lake in the Hills, 9.7 percent, up from 8.5 percent. Carpentersville’s jobless rate jumped to 15.8 percent compared with 14.6 percent a year ago.
In Kane County, the jobless rate rose to 11.1 percent in February, up from 10 percent in February 2012.
The February 2013 not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 10.5 percent. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in February.
February local unemployment rates increased in 10 of 12 metros and decreased in two. More people looking for work this February compared to last February contributed to the higher unemployment rates.
Metro areas with the largest increases in unemployment were Decatur, up 2.8 points to 13.7 percent; Danville, up 1.5 point to 12.4 percent; and Peoria, up 1.4 point to 10.4 percent. The Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metropolitan Division rate was up 1.2 point to 10.3 percent.
The largest job increases were in the Rockford metro area, up 2.2 percent, 3,200 jobs; Quad Cities, up 1.6 percent, 2,800 jobs; Champaign-Urbana, up 1.5 percent, 1,600 jobs; and Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, up 1.5 percent, 55,000 jobs. Sectors increasing in the most metros were educational and health services (nine of 12), financial activities and transportation, warehousing and utilities (both eight of 12) and leisure and hospitality (seven of 12).
Not seasonally adjusted data compares the current month to the same month of the previous year.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the IDES released seasonably adjusted data last week showing Illinois added 12,400 jobs in February, continuing a three-year pattern of job growth that has intensified in the last seven months.
More than 100,000 help-wanted ads are on Illinoisjoblink.com, the IDES employment website that links jobseekers with employers. No-cost HR recruitment services are available at the website and at 877- 342-7533.
The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits.