Unemployment Report: Oak Lawn Jobless Numbers Down From October 2011

Although unemployment is down from this time a year ago, jobless numbers increased slightly between September and October 2012.

Unemployment rates in Illinois increased slightly from September 2012 to October, but are still down compared to 2011, according to new figures released last week. 

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October local unemployment rates fell in every metro area compared to last year, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

"Falling unemployment rates across our state and the lowest October rates since 2008 show that that our steady economic progress continues," IDES Director Jay Rowell said in a news release. "We now look to Congress to address the fiscal cliff. If not resolved, our future economic progress will be in jeopardy."

Unemployment levels in Oak Lawn fell from 10 percent to 8.5 percent over the last year. However, unemployment rose slightly from September to October in the village. Compared to other south suburban towns, Oak Lawn's unemployment rate has remained even with some of its neighbors.

IDES generally reports unemployment figures for municipalities with populations of 25,000 or more people. The numbers measure unemployment for residents who live in a certain town, not those who work in the town. 

Statewide the unemployment rate increased from 8.1 percent in September 2012 to 8.4 percent in October. Compared to October 2011, unemployment in Illinois has dropped 1.2 percent. 

The U.S. average unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in October 2012. 



Oct. 2012 Sept. 2012 Oct. 2011 % Change Over Month % Change Over Year Chicago Heights 11.9 11.2 15.5 0.7 -3.6 Evergreen Park 9.3 8.4 11 0.9 -1.7 Oak Forest 7.9 7.5 9.2 0.4 -1.3 Oak Lawn 8.5 7.9 10 0.6 -1.5 Orland Park 7.1 6.5 8.2 0.6 -1.1 Tinley Park 7.2 6.8 8.4 0.4 -1.2 Cook County 9.0 8.5 10.4 0.5 -1.4 Will County 8.1 7.7 9.5 0.4 -1.4 Illinois 8.4 8.1 9.6 0.3 -1.2 U.S. Average 7.5 7.6 8.5 -0.1


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Colleen November 27, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Are these numbers from IDES? Maybe they should mention that these are based on people getting unemployment benefits. There are a lot of people unemployed that have exhausted their benefits which, if applied, would show that the unemployment rates are still high.


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