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Local unemployment rate shows little improvement over last year

Posted by wlpo on June 27, 2013

          There are more construction and business jobs in the Illinois Valley this summer than last.  The May unemployment figure for the Ottawa-Streator area was 9.3%, down slightly from 9.5% last May.

          In La Salle County, May unemployment was 9.7%, the same as it was in April.  Bureau County unemployment was 7.9% down from April and May 2012.  Putnam County unemployment was 9.7%.

          The Illinois Department of Employment Security says since last May the area has lost jobs in retail and manufacturing. 

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