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Local unemployment rates were stagnant

Posted by wlpo on December 5, 2013

Getting a job doesn’t look to be getting any easier in the Illinois Valley.  The most recent unemployment numbers from the Illinois Department of Employment Security put the Ottawa-Streator October unemployment rate at 9.6%.  That’s the same as it was in October 2012.

La Salle County unemployment was 10.2%.  Bureau County unemployment was 8.1%.  Putnam County unemployment was 8.4%, a 2.6% improvement over the same time last year.

While just one hour south, the Bloomington-Normal area unemployment was several points lower at 6.9%.

Locally, construction and transportation-warehousing jobs were added but more farm and retail jobs were cut.

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