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Unemployment rates trending in right direction

Posted by wlpo on March 31, 2015

Unemployment rates are improving across the board in the Illinois Valley.

According to state figures, La Salle County’s February unemployment rate was 7.5 percent, down a point from the month before and a full three points from a year ago. Bureau County’s latest jobless rate is 7.1 percent, down nearly a percentage point from January and over two percentage points lower than a year ago. In Putnam County, the February unemployment rate is 7.2 percent, down a half of a percent from the month before and a three-percent improvement from a year ago.

Illinois’ unemployment rate is 6.5 percent, almost half of what it was five years ago.

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