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McHenry County unemployment rate hits 5.7 percent

CRYSTAL LAKE – The unemployment rate in McHenry County fell to 5.7 percent in July, a record low since the Great Recession, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The county’s jobless rate of 5.7 percent compared with 8.2 percent in July 2013.

The unemployment rate in Crystal Lake in July was 6 percent, down from 8.8 percent in July 2013, IDES spokesman Greg Rivara said Thursday.

Other jobless numbers showed Algonquin at 6 percent, down from 8.4 percent; McHenry at 5.7 percent, down from 7.8 percent; and Lake in the Hills at 5.9 percent, down from 8.4 percent.

Carpentersville’s unemployment rate fell to 7 percent in July, compared with 9.9 percent in July 2013.

In Kane County, the unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, down from 8.9 percent in July 2013.

Statewide, unemployment fell in all 12 Illinois metro areas in July. It was the fourth straight month of falling jobless rates across the state’s metro areas.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday in its monthly report on metro unemployment that jobless rates also dropped in all 102 of the state’s counties for a second straight month.

Department Director Jay Rowell said the report reflects a growing state economy.

Earlier this month the department said statewide unemployment fell to 6.8 percent. It was the fifth consecutive month of improvement.

Across the state, the Decatur area saw its unemployment rate fall from 13 percent in July 2013 to 9.5 percent last month. Chicago-area unemployment fell from 9.6 percent to 6.8 percent.

• The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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