Jobless rates rise in Illinois 

By Daily News Staff

SPRINGFIELD — Unemployment rates rose between May and June throughout Illinois as the summer seasonal work begins to wane.

Winnebago County had an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent in June, up from 4.4 percent in May, but down slightly from 5.5 percent in June of 2017.

Boone County had an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent in June, up from 4 percent in May, but down slightly from 5.3 percent in June of 2017.

Ogle County had an unemployment rate of 4.6 percent in June, up from 3.8 percent in May and up slightly from 4.5 percent in June of 2017,

Stephenson County had an unemployment rate of 4.5 percent in June, up from 3.8 percent in May and up from 4.3 percent in June of 2017.

Brown County had the lowest unemployment rate among Illinois’ 102 counties with a rate of 2.6 percent in June, up from 2.3 percent in May.

Alexander County had the highest jobless rate in the state at 8.7 percent in June, up from 6.8 percent in May.

All 102 Illinois counties saw unemployment rate increases between May and June.

Among cities, Rockford had an unemployment rate of 6.3 percent in June, up from 5.3 percent in May, but down from
6.5 percent in June of 2017.

Belvidere had an unemployment rate of 6 percent in June, up from 4.5 percent in May, but down from 6.3 percent in June of 2017.

Freeport had an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent in June, up from 4.8 percent in May and up from 5.2 percent in June of 2017.

Downers Grove and Mount Prospect tied for having the lowest unemployment rate among the 106 communities tracked by the Illinois Department of Employment Security at 3.2 percent in June.

Harvey had the highest unemployment rate in the state at 9.7 percent in June, up from 6.9 percent in May.

Unemployment rates increased in all 106 communities tracked by the Illinois Department of Employment Security between May and June.

The statewide unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in June, up from 3.5 percent in May, but down from 5.1 percent in June of 2017.

The national unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in June, up from 3.6 percent in May, but down from 4.5 percent in June of 2017.

Unemployment rates increased in seven of Illinois’ 14 metropolitan areas when comparing June of 2018 to June of 2017.

“The increase in the unemployment rate in seven of the metros was largely due to an increase in the overall labor force brought on by renewed confidence in the local economy,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Many people that were unemployed are now out looking for work as more jobs are available.”

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