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Employment picture on the upswing in the Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on September 24, 2015

Jobless rates across the Illinois Valley improved in August.

La Salle County’s latest unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, down from 6.4 percent in July. The jobless rate is almost two percentage points lower than what it was a year ago.

In Bureau County, the August jobless rate was 5.6 percent, down from 5.7 percent in July. The unemployment rate is nearly two points lower than last year.

Putnam County’s August jobless rate is 5.3 percent, down from 5.5 percent in July. Putnam County’s unemployment rate is also about two percentage points better than last year.

The state and national unemployment rate also went down from July to August.

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