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McHenry County’s unemployment rate falls to 8.3 percent

Jobless rates fall in most Illinois metro areas

CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County’s unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent in January, down from 9.9 percent in January 2013, according to preliminary figures released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Jobless rates fell in most the state’s metro areas. The jobless rate in Crystal Lake was 7.9 percent last month, down from 9.4 percent in January 2013, IDES spokesman Greg Rivara said.

Other jobless numbers showed Algonquin at 7.4 percent, down from 8.9 percent; McHenry at 8.5 percent, down from 9.7 percent; and Lake in the Hills at 8 percent, down from 9.3 percent.

Carpentersville’s unemployment rate fell to 12.7 percent in January, compared with 15.5 percent in January 2013.

In Kane County, the unemployment rate was 9 percent, down from 10.8 percent in January 2013.

Statewide, unemployment dropped in January in 11 of Illinois’ 12 metro areas, but most areas lost jobs.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday the jobless rate increased only in the Danville area. Unemployment rose to 12.5 percent in Danville from 11.9 percent a year earlier.

Rates fell in the state’s highest unemployment areas. Decatur unemployment fell from 13.9 percent to 12.9. In Rockford the rate fell slightly from 13 percent to 12.9.

But the department says only five areas added jobs and only the Lake-Kenosha and Champaign-Urbana areas added large numbers.

The department blamed global manufacturing struggles for decreases in jobs in seven metro areas.

Unemployment in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville area dropped from 10 percent to 8.6 percent.

The statewide unemployment rate in January was 8.7 percent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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