October Unemployment Falls, Still Higher Than National Rate



Illinois metro unemployment mixed in October 
CHICAGO (AP) — The state Department of Employment Security said local unemployment rates were mixed across Illinois in October. 

Statewide unemployment was 8.3 percent, higher than the national unemployment rate of 7 percent.

The department said Thursday that rates fell in six metro areas but increased in five and held steady in one.

The department also released September figures delayed by the federal government shutdown. Jobless rates fell in six metro areas and increased in five. One was unchanged.

ALEXANDER: 10.5 PERCENT – T-SIXTH/11.4 PERCENT LAST YEAR
FRANKLIN: 11.9 PERCENT – HIGHEST/11.0 PERCENT LAST YEAR
HARDIN: 10.5 PERCENT – T-SIXTH/10.4 PERCENT LAST YEAR
JACKSON: 7.3 PERCENT – SIXTY-SIXTH/7.4 PERCENT LAST YEAR
PERRY: 10.9 PERCENT – FOURTH/10.9 PERCENT LAST YEAR
WILLIAMSON: 8 PERCENT – FOURTY-EIGHTH/7.9 PERCENT LAST YEAR

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