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McHenry County jobless rate hits 9 percent

(Kyle Grillot - kgrillot@shawmedia.com)
Fox River Grove Public Works employee Tim Janke, 21, of Fox River Grove endures the heat while spreading mulch in Lions Park last Thursday.

McHenry County’s unemployment rate hit 9 percent in June, up from 8.8 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 9.1 percent in June 2012, said IDES spokesman Greg Rivara. Other jobless numbers showed Algonquin at 9.3 percent, up from 8.9 percent a year ago; McHenry, 8.9 percent, down from 9.3 percent; and Lake in the Hills, 9.3 percent, up from 9.2 percent. Carpentersville’s jobless rate increased to 10.7 percent compared with 10.6 percent in June 2012.

In Kane County, the jobless rate rose to 9.8 percent in June, up from 9.3 percent in June 2012. June local unemployment rates fell in eight of 12 metro areas, according to the IDES.

The largest decreases were in: the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis, down 0.8 point to 8.2 percent; Lake County, down 0.5 to 8.2 percent; Rockford, down 0.5 to 11 percent; and Champaign-Urbana, down 0.4 to 8.7 percent. Largest increases were in: Decatur, up 1.6 points to 12.5 percent; Danville. up 1.1 to 11.1 percent; Peoria, up 0.9 to 8.8 percent; and Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metropolitan Division, up 0.7 to 10.3 percent.

Jobs increased in five metros and declined in seven. Largest increases were in: Champaign-Urbana, up 1.8 percent, 1,800 jobs; Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, up 1.6 percent, 60,700 jobs; and Rockford, up 0.7 percent, 1,100 jobs.

Industry sectors increasing in the most metros: Educational and health services (nine of 12), financial activities (eight of 12), and leisure and hospitality (seven of 12).

"Consumer confidence must grow resilient to uncertain global and national news before monthly economic growth will consistently occur in all corners of our state," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "However, we are encouraged by the continued job growth in our larger regions."

Not seasonally adjusted data compares the current month to the same month of the previous year. The June 2013 not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 9.8 percent and 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in June and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits. Historically, the state unemployment rate is higher than the national rate.


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