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Unemployment falls under 7 percent in McHenry County

The unemployment rate in McHenry County dropped again in April, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

McHenry County's unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in April, according to the IDES. In April 2013, the unemployment rate for the county was 8.7 percent.

In March, the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent, which was lower than the February rate of 8.8 percent.

Statewide, the unemployment rate is at 7.9 percent, according to IDES.

In Algonquin and in Crystal Lake, the unemployment rate is 6.3 percent. Lake in the Hills had an unemployment rate of 7 percent; the city of McHenry had an unemployment rate of 7.2 percent, according IDES.

All four of those towns had rates that are more than a percentage point lower than a year prior.

As in McHenry County, unemployment dropped in every Illinois metro area in April and in several areas dropped below the 6.3 percent national rate, according to IDES.

“Across our state, the unemployment rate today is lower than it was one year ago and at its lowest level since 2008. That is good news by any definition,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said in a news release.

Unemployment dropped last month to 7.4 percent in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville area from 9.1 percent a year earlier.

The Decatur area also saw a steep decline from 10.5 percent to 9.1 percent. In Rockford the unemployment rate dipped to 9.2 percent from 10.4 percent.

Areas with lower unemployment than the country as a whole included Bloomington-Normal at 5.5 percent, Champaign-Urbana at 5.8, Davenport-Moline-Rock Island at 5.7 percent and Springfield at 5.7 percent.

“Independent data again shows that our economy continues to move forward," Rowell said. "The trend of more people working and fewer people on unemployment bodes well for continued improvement in local economies across Illinois."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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