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April local unemployment rates fell in nine of 12 metropolitan areas compared to last April, according to preliminary data released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
“For the first time since last December, the over-the-year monthly unemployment rates decreased in a majority of our metro areas in Illinois,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “While this is hopefully an indicator of an improving labor market, as in past months, it might be a continuation of the uneven national economic recovery.”
In the Illinois Valley, only Putnam County saw an increase in unemployment this April (10.9 percent) from last April, 9.3 percent.
For the Ottawa-Streator labor market area, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent in April 2013 from 9.8 percent in April 2012. The last time the April rate was equal to or lower was in 2008 when it was 6.5 percent, according to IDES.
La Salle County unemployment at 9.7 percent was ½ percent less than the previous April, Bureau County’s declined to 8.4 percent from 8.7 percent in April 2012 and Marshall County’s rate at 7.2 percent was 0.4 percent less than in April 2012.
Coincidentally, March 2013 unemployment rates were 11.9 percent for La Salle County, 11.5 percent for Ottawa-Streator, 10.3 percent for Bureau County, 8.9 percent for Marshall County and 11.9 percent for Putnam County.
In the Ottawa-Streator area in April 2013, non-farm payroll employment decreased by 100 from one year ago. Jobs were added in Other Services (+200), Construction (+125), Transportation-Warehousing-Utilities (+125), and Professional-Business Services (+100). Retail Trade (-350), Manufacturing (-225) and Government (-125) had employment declines, according to IDES.
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