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Area unemployment remained above state average in January

Posted by wlpo on March 10, 2011

Area unemployment numbers are down from last year but they’re still high.

La Salle County unemployment for January this year was 12.8%, 3.5%  lower than in January 2010.

Bureau County unemployment was at 11.9%, 3.1% lower than the same time last year.

Putnam County has also seen improvement.  The January rate was 12.7%, down 2.4% from last year.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the Ottawa-Streator area saw job growth in retail trade, profession-business services and education and health.  There were cuts to jobs in manufacturing though.

The state-wide unemployment rate for January 2011 was 9%.

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