CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County’s unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent in July, down from 8.6 percent a year ago, according to preliminary figures released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
The jobless rate in Crystal Lake was 8.8 percent compared with 9 percent in July 2012, said IDES spokesman Greg Rivara.
Other jobless numbers showed Algonquin at 8.5 percent, the same as it was in July 2012; McHenry, 7.8 percent, down from 9 percent; and Lake in the Hills, 8.6 percent, down from 8.9 percent. Carpentersville’s unemployment rate dropped to 10.1 percent, down from 10.3 percent a year ago. In Kane County, the jobless rate stayed at 9 percent, even with July 2012.
Unemployment fell in seven of state’s 12 metro areas in July. But some of the increases were sharp and driven by manufacturing declines.
Unemployment dropped in areas that included Champaign-Urbana, Springfield and the Metro East near St. Louis. The last of those three saw a steep drop, from 9.6 percent in July 2012 to 8.6 percent.
But some areas dependent on manufacturing experienced large increases. Unemployment jumped from 8 percent to 9.4 percent in Peoria, where Caterpillar Inc. has its headquarters. The company has cut employees as demand drops. Some of those layoffs have been in Decatur, where unemployment rose to 13.2 percent from 11.3 in 2012.
Illinois had the second-highest July unemployment rate in the country at 9.2 percent.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.