Illinois Unemployment Rates Drop Across the Board in September

Unemployment rates in Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park dropped from August to September this year and is generally below the state average, according to data released last week.

The unemployment rates in Illinois is still above 8 percent, but most communities saw a decrease in out-of-work residents in September 2012, according to new figures released last week.

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September local unemployment rates fell in every metro area compared to last year, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

"This month's report highlights that we have made steady progress in lowering the unemployment rate, but more needs to be done," IDES Director Jay Rowell said in a news release. "Hiring managers need to see consistent, long-term tax policy and spending priorities by the federal government before we will see stronger hiring increases."

IDES generally reports unemployment figures for municipalities with populations of 25,000 or more people. The numbers measure unemployment for residents who live in a certain town, not those who work in the town. 

Statewide the unemployment rate dropped from 8.9 percent in August 2012 to 8.1 percent in September. Compared to September 2011, unemployment in Illinois has dropped 1.7 percent. 

Oak Lawn saw a decrease of 1 percent, from 8.9 percent in August, to 7.9 percent in September. In September 2011, the local unemployment rate hovered at 10.9 percent.

The jobless rate in Evergreen Park also improved from 9.4 percent in August, to 8.4 percent in September. In September 2011, unemployment in Evergreen Park stood at 11.4 perecent.

Although fewer people are out of work in Illinois as of late, the rate still lags behind the national average of 7.6 percent unemployment. Illinois saw slightly larger gains in the last month, though, with a .9 percent drop compared to .6 percent nationally.


Sept. 2012 Aug. 2012 Sept. 2011 % Change Over Month % Change Over Year Chicago Heights 11.2 12.8 16 -1.6 -4.8 Evergreen Park 8.4 9.4 11.4 -1 -3 Oak Forest 7.5 8.8 9.4 -1.3 -1.9 Oak Lawn 7.9 8.9 10.3 -1 -2.4 Orland Park 6.5 7.3 8.4 -0.8 -1.9 Tinley Park 6.8 7.6 8.5 -0.8 -1.7 Cook County 8.5 9.3 10.7 -0.8 -2.2 Will County 7.7 8.5 9.9 -0.8 -2.2 Illinois 8.1 8.9 9.8 -0.8 -1.7 U.S. Average 7.6 8.2 8.8 -0.6 -1.2



Sept. 2012 Aug. 2012 Sept. 2011 % Change Over Month % Change Over Year Chicago 9.4 10.3 11.9 -0.9 -2.5 Cook County 8.5 9.3 10.7 -0.8 -2.2 Illinois 8.1 8.9 9.8 -0.8 -1.7 U.S. Average 7.6 8.2 8.8 -0.6 -1.2

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Kells October 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Anyone who believes this is crazy. Right after the election the unemployment rate will be more like 12% which is reality. The only reason it is down is that people quit looking for work or are underemployed. Try looking for a job. Employers receive over 200 applications for menial jobs. Any way you look at it unemployment is bad!!!
Charles Martel October 30, 2012 at 01:34 PM
If you believe that then you have to believe that Santa will bring you a new car! How many people have just given up looking for jobs? Simple! There are no jobs that you can get that will support your family and pay the bills! Politicians are good at spinning numbers to suit themselves.!!!
Sect. 8 October 30, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Hate to break the bad news but the unemployment rate is not coming down what's happening is that unemployment beniefits are exhausting! They must think everyone is a fool for those stats.
Bob October 30, 2012 at 08:36 PM
In this Obama depression these "unemployment" figures are highly misleading because it doesn't account for those who've dropped out of the employment market because they've been out of work so long. The key numbers are from U6 figures, which inlcudes those who've stopped looking for work, many of those "second income" workers in a household. It's time we started tracking the EMPLOYED numbers, their full or part time status, and labor participation rates, which are now at a 20 year low, and average compensation. All these numbers are far worse than in January 2009 when national leadership turned a problem into a crisis.


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