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More Job Seekers mean Higher Unemployment for Illinois Valley

Posted by wlpo on March 17, 2016

If you’ve been having trouble finding a job in the Illinois Valley, you’re not the only one.

LaSalle County’s unemployment rate climbed to nearly 10% in January, up more than 1.5% from December. The job markets in Bureau and Putnam Counties got off to a rough start in 2016 too, where the unemployment in each jumped to 8.9%.

According to the state’s Department of Employment Statistics, one of the reasons for such a sudden increase in unemployment could be a large increase in the number of people looking for jobs that have yet to find one.

Unemployment in the Valley has fallen quite a bit behind the state rate of 7.1%. And even that is a bit behind the rate across the country which sits at 5.3%.

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