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Unemployment Report: December 2012 Jobless Numbers

Unemployment rates in Illinois increased slightly from November 2012 to December but are still down compared to the the end of 2011, according to new figures released last week. Things looking better for the West Cook County area.

Unemployment rates in Illinois increased slightly from November 2012 to Decemeber but are still down compared to the the end of 2011, according to new figures released last week.

November local unemployment rates fell in nine of 12 metro areas compared to last year, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

"The most pressing challenge to our economic progress is the uncertainty tied to Congress, the debt ceiling and the fiscal cliff," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "Our economic recovery could be compromised if Congress is not seen as working together to build a solution."

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.

Towns like La Grange, Western Springs, La Grange Park and most nearby towns don't have population numbers high enough for their own numbers. However, as seen in the chart below, three nearby towns (Downers Grove, Elmhurst and Oak Park) all saw 0.2-0.3 percent drops in unemployment from November to December, to between 6.0 and 6.4 percent: far lower than the state, national and county averages.

Statewide the unemployment rate increased from 8.3 percent in November 2012 to 8.6 percent in December. Compared to December 2011, unemployment in Illinois has dropped 0.7 percent. 

The U.S. average unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in November 2012. See below for local unemployment rates near you, or go to the IDES website for a full list of municipalities



Dec. 2012 Nov. 2012
Dec. 2011
% Change Over Month
% Change Over Year Berwyn 9.0 8.7 9.8 0.3 -0.8
Cicero 11.5 10.5 12.4 1.0 -0.9
Downers Grove 6.4 6.6 6.5 -0.2 -0.1 Elmhurst 6.0 6.3 6.1 -0.3 -0.1 Oak Park 6.2 6.5 6.6 -0.3 -0.4
Chicago 9.7 9.8 10.6 -0.1 -0.9
Cook County 8.9 8.8 9.7 0.1 -0.8
Illinois 8.6 8.3 9.3 0.3 -0.7
U.S. Average 7.6 7.4 8.3 0.2 -0.7

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