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Unemployment Rate Drops In Northern Illinois Counties

Illinois Department of Employment Security, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The unemployment rate in many northern Illinois counties fell from last year. 

Rockford’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent last month -- down from 7.4 percent in November 2015. That’s according to preliminary figures released last week by the Illinois employment security department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Winnebago County saw about a two-percent decrease in its unemployment rate. Other Illinois counties with a similar decrease include Bureau, Jo Daviess, La Salle and Putnam counties. 

DeKalb County’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent, down from 5.9 percent in November 2015.

The unemployment rate in DuPage, Grundy and Will counties did not change over the last year.