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McHenry County unemployment rate at 8.8 percent

CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County’s unemployment rate was 8.8 percent in February, down from 9.7 percent in February 2013, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The jobless rate in Crystal Lake was 8.1 percent in February, down from 9.1 percent in February 2013, IDES spokesman Greg Rivara said.

Other jobless numbers showed Algonquin at 7.9 percent, down from 8.8 percent; McHenry at 9.2 percent, down from 9.7 percent; and Lake in the Hills at 8.3 percent, down from 9.2 percent.

Carpentersville’s unemployment rate fell to 13.3 percent in February, down from 15 percent in February 2013.

In Kane County, the jobless rate stood at 9.4 percent in February, down from 10.6 percent in February 2013.

Statewide, jobless rates fell in February in most Illinois metropolitan areas compared to the same time last year, although most areas also lost jobs.

IDES figures show the jobless rate dropped in eight of Illinois’ 12 metro areas compared to February of 2013.

The Chicago-area rate in February was 9 percent, compared to 9.8 percent in February of 2013. Even so, that was higher than January’s 8.6 percent.

Rockford’s rate fell from 12.9 percent in February of 2013 to 12.1 percent in February. Danville’s rate was sharply higher at 12.8 percent, compared to 11.9 percent last February.

Decatur’s rate stood at 12.7 percent in February. The lowest rate was 8 percent, in Bloomington-Normal, though that area lost 1,900 jobs.

Lake-Kenosha added 10,300 jobs.

• The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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