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March unemployment down but still high

Posted by wlpo on April 23, 2010

Slight improvements in area unemployment figures, but the numbers remain high.

LaSalle County unemployment in March was 16.1%, down slightly from February.  Rates also decreased in neighboring counties.  Bureau County unemployment was 14.3% and Putnam County unemployment was 15.5%. 

For the Ottawa-Streator Area unemployment was 15.6%,
nearly a full percent lower than in February but much higher than the same time last year.

The Department of Employment Security says the Ottawa-Streator area saw job losses in Manufacturing, transportation-warehousing-utilities and leisure-hospitality sectors.

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