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Illinois unemployment stable in September

SPRINGFIELD — Unemployment rates remained stable or edged up slightly in September in northern Illinois.

Winnebago County had an unemployment rate of 6.7 percent in September, up from 6.4 percent in August, but down from 6.8 percent in September of 2015.

Boone County had an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent in September, which was unchanged from August and from September of 2015.

Ogle County had an unemployment rate of 5.3 percent in September, which was unchanged from August, but down from 5.4 percent in September of 2015.

Stephenson County had an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent in September, up from 5.6 percent in August, but down from 6.2 percent in September of 2015.

Pulaski County had the highest unemployment rate among Illinois’ 102 counties at 8.9 percent in September, up from 8.6 percent in August.

Brown County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.4 percent in September, up from 3.2 percent in August.

In all, 65 counties reported unemployment rate increases in September when compared to August. Twenty-two counties recorded unemployment rate decreases and 15 counties saw jobless rates stay the same.

Among cities, Rockford had an unemployment rate of 8 percent in September, up from 7.7 percent in August, but down from 8.2 percent in September of 2015.

Belvidere had an unemployment rate of 6.7 percent in September, down from 7 percent in August, but up from 6.6 percent in September of 2015.

Freeport had an unemployment rate of 6.6 percent in September, up from 6.4 percent in August, but down from 7.2 percent in September of 2015.

East St. Louis had the highest unemployment rate among the 106 largest communities in Illinois at 10.4 percent in September, down from 11 percent in August.

Four communities tied for the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 4 percent in September — Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn and Palatine.

The statewide unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in September, unchanged from August, but up slightly from 5.3 percent in September of 2015.

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