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Area unemployment numbers show little improvement from 2010 to 2011

Posted by wlpo on January 27, 2012

If you’ve been hoping for an improvement in unemployment numbers, you have little to be satisfied with.  The December 2011 unemployment rates for La Salle, Bureau, and Putnam Counties were only fractions of a point lower than they were during December 2010.

Bureau County’s December unemployment was 10.2%.  In La Salle County it was 11.6% and in Putnam County unemployment was 10.6%.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the Ottawa-Streator area saw new jobs in Educational and health services and leisure-hospitality, but it wasn’t enough to off-set the losses in manufacturing and government.

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