Is Unemployment in Will County on the Rise?

December 2012 unemployment rates in Will County are lower than the rates from December 2011, but rose compared to November 2012.

Unemployment rates in Illinois increased slightly from November 2012 to December but are still down compared to the the end of 2011, according to new figures released last week.

November local unemployment rates fell in nine of 12 metro areas compared to last year, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

In Will County, however, the unemployment rate remained unchanged in October and November. The local unemployment rate was 8.1 percent for both months, according to the IDES.    

In December 2012, Will County residents faced a 0.6 percent increase. The local unemployment rate was 8.7 percent.

"The most pressing challenge to our economic progress is the uncertainty tied to Congress, the debt ceiling and the fiscal cliff," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "Our economic recovery could be compromised if Congress is not seen as working together to build a solution."

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 8.3 percent in November 2012 to 8.6 percent in December. Compared to December 2011, unemployment in Illinois has dropped 0.7 percent. 

The U.S. average unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in November 2012. See below for local unemployment rates near you, or go to the IDES website for a full list of municipalities

The IDES lists statistics by county as well. Go to the IDES website to see a full list of counties.  


Dec. 2012 Nov. 2012 Dec. 2011 % Change Over Month % Change Over Year Chicago Heights 14.3 12.3 16 2.0 -1.7 Evergreen Park 8.9 9.0 10.7 -0.1 -1.8 Oak Forest 8.0 8.1 9.2 -0.1 -1.2 Oak Lawn 8.2 8.1 9.1 0.1 -0.9 Orland Park 6.9 6.7 7.3 0.2 -0.4 Tinley Park 7.2 6.9 7.9 0.3 -0.7 Cook County 8.9 8.8 9.7 0.1 -0.8 Will County 8.7 8.1 9.4 0.6 -0.7 Illinois 8.6 8.3 9.3 0.3 -0.7 U.S. Average 7.6 7.4 8.3 0.2


REAGANRAISEDTAXES February 01, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Very interesting. The "Job Creators" have had the lowest tax rates in decades for the last 10 years, yet job creation doesn't seem to be a priority for them. George W. Boosh, the gift that keeps on giving!
Shawn Carroll February 01, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Numbers like the ones for Will County are nearly useless. Will County is a large and economically diverse region. What is happening in Peotone or Custer is different that what is happening in Joliet, and both are different from what's happening in the Lincoln-Way area. It is unfortunate that IDES is unable to break it down further.


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