McHenry County jobless rate up slightly

McHenry County’s unemployment rate was 8.9 percent in April, up from 8.4 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 not seasonally adjusted rate showed an improvement over the 9.3 percent county jobless rate in March and 10.2 percent in February.

The jobless rate in Crystal Lake was 8.6 percent compared with 8 percent in April 2012, said IDES spokesman Greg Rivara. Other jobless numbers showed Algonquin at 8.2 percent, up from 7.8 percent a year ago; McHenry, 8.7 percent, down from 9.1 percent; and Lake in the Hills, 8.5 percent, up from 8.3 percent. Carpentersville’s jobless rate increased to 12.4 percent compared with10.9 percent in April 2012.

In Kane County, the jobless rate rose to 9.5 percent in April, up from 8.7 percent in April 2012.