McHenry County’s unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in May, down from 8.3 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 continued to show an improvement over the 8.9 percent county jobless rate in April and 9.3 percent in March.
Kane County's unemployment rate was up slightly, from 8.6 percent in May 2012 to 8.7 percent in 2013.
The jobless rate in Crystal Lake was 8.7 percent compared with 8.5 percent in May 2012, said IDES spokesman Greg Rivara. Other jobless numbers showed Algonquin at 8.1 percent, up from 7.7 percent a year ago; McHenry, 7.9 percent, down from 8.7 percent; and Lake in the Hills, 8 percent, down from 8.4 percent. Carpentersville’s jobless rate decreased to 9.6 percent compared with 10 percent in May 2012.
Unemployment decreased in May in eight of Illinois' 12 metro areas but rose in Chicago.
Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Jay Rowell said Thursday that falling unemployment rates in areas such as Bloomington-Normal and Champaign-Urbana follow improvements in the national economy. Champaign-area unemployment fell to 6.9 percent from 7.2 percent a year earlier. Joblessness in Bloomington-Normal dipped to 6.1 percent from 6.3 percent.
But in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville area's jobless rate reached 9.3 percent in May after hitting 8.8 percent a year earlier.
And unemployment in Decatur hit 10.3 percent in May. That's up from 9.7 percent a year earlier. Caterpillar Inc. is a major local employer and has been laying off workers in the city.
The department said last week that statewide unemployment was down to 9.1 percent.