Jobless rates in northern Illinois stable

SPRINGFIELD — Unemployment rates stayed mostly stable between February and March in northern Illinois, according to figures released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Boone County had an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent in March, unchanged from February, but down dramatically from 9.4 percent in March of 2017.

Ogle County had a jobless rate of 4.9 percent in March, unchanged from February, but down from 5.8 percent in March of 2017.
Winnebago County had an unemployment rate of 5 percent in March, up from 4.8 percent in February, but down from 8.2 percent in March of 2017.

Stephenson County had an unemployment rate of 4.4 percent in March, up slightly from 4.3 percent in February, but down from 5.4 percent in March of 2017.

Brown County had the lowest unemployment rate among Illinois’ 102 counties at 2.7 percent in March, up from 2.3 percent in February. Stark County had the highest jobless rate in the state at 6.8 percent in March, unchanged from February.

Jobless rates increased in 48 of Illinois’ 102 counties between February and March. Jobless rates decreased in 39 counties and they stayed the same in 15 counties.

Among the 106 largest communities in Illinois, 28 saw jobless rate increases between February and March. Seven communities saw jobless rates remain the same and 71 communities experienced unemployment rate declines.

Rockford had an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent in March, up from 5.4 percent in February, but down from 9.7 percent in March of 2017.
Belvidere had a jobless rate of 6.6 percent in March, unchanged from February, but down from 12.5 percent in March of 2017.

Freeport had an unemployment rate of 4.9 percent in March, up from 4.6 percent in February, but down from 6 percent in March of 2017.

Harvey had the highest unemployment rate about Illinois’ 106 largest communities at 8.4 percent in March, down from 10 percent in February, but up from 8.1 percent in March of 2017.

Wheaton and Glenview tied for the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.9 percent in March, down from 3.6 percent in February.

The statewide unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in March, down from 5 percent in February and down from 5 percent in March of 2017.

The national unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in March, down from 4.4 percent in February and down from 4.6 percent in March of 2017.

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