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Local Jobless Rates Are A Mixed Bag

Posted by wlpo on September 23, 2011

Whether local unemployment rates are improving or worsening depends on how you want to look at it.

La Salle County’s August jobless rate was 11.2 percent, up from 10.9 percent in July but an improvement from last August when the jobless figure was 12.3 percent.  In Bureau County, the August unemployment rate is 9.8 percent, up from 9.5 percent in July but down from 11 percent last August.  For Putnam County, the August jobless rate is 9.8 percent, down from 10.2 percent in July and lower than the 11.4 percent rate during August of 2010.

Illinois’ unemployment rate was 10 percent last month, unchanged from July.  The state’s jobless rate last August was 9.9 percent.

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