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Unemployment up in Illinois, report shows
By Deborah Donovan | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 10/30/2008 12:01 AM

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The Chicago area unemployment rate reached 6.3 percent in September, up almost 2 percent from the 4.7 percent rate for the same month a year earlier, the U.S. Department of Labor Reported Wednesday. That compares with 6.1 percent nationally, the department of labor said.

While the nation's rate held steady when compared with August, the rate of unemployed dropped in the Chicago area from 7 percent in August.

Here are statistics for area municipalities from the Illinois Department of Employment Security: Unemployment rates in the Chicago area ranged from 5.1 percent in DuPage County to 6.8 percent in Cook. The North suburban part of Cook County was 5.1 percent. McHenry County hit 5.6 percent, Will County 5.9 percent, Kane County 6 percent and Lake County 6.5 percent. Addison's rate in September was 6.1 percent; Algonquin 5.3; Arlington Heights 4.7; Aurora 6.6; Bartlett 5.3; Batavia 5.3; Buffalo Grove 5.6; Carol Stream 5.8; Carpentersville 7.1; Des Plaines 6; Elgin 7.2; Elk Grove Village 5.1; Glen Ellyn 4.3; Glendale Heights 5.7; Gurnee 6.1; Hanover Park 5.8; Hoffman Estates 5.2; Lake in the Hills 5.4; Lombard 5.5; Mount Prospect 4.7; Mundelein 6.1; Naperville 4.8; Palatine 4.9; Round Lake Beach 7.6; Schaumburg 5; St. Charles 4.8; Streamwood 5.9; Villa Park 5.7; West Chicago 5.9; Wheaton 4.6; Wheeling 4.6; Woodridge 5.4