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Latest unemployment rates released for the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on November 27, 2014

The local unemployment numbers don’t look so bleak if you compare them to last year’s numbers. The October unemployment rate in La Salle was 7.9 percent down from more than 11 percent the previous October.

Bureau County’s unemployment rate was 7.6 percent, down from 8.8 percent last year. Putnam County October unemployment was 6.6 percent, down from 9.3 percent last October.

The Ottawa-Streator area unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, down from 10 and a half percent in October 2013.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says jobs were gained in transportation-warehousing and professional business services. Jobs were loss in manufacturing and wholesale trade.

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