Unemployment rates in July showed minimal deviation from June’s rates, which followed a recent pattern of slow but steady increases in unemployment during the last several months for most Chicago-area communities within the Pioneer Press coverage area with populations of more than 25,000.
The unemployment rate did not decrease in any of the towns, but most rates grew over the month by no more than 0.3 percent — except in Elmwood Park, where the unemployment rate climbed from 10.1 percent in June to 10.8 percent in July, a 0.7 percent increase. Elmwood Park has maintained the highest unemployment rate in the area for the past few months.
Niles and Morton Grove — at 9 percent and 8.9 percent respectively — increased by 0.2 percent over the month — and have the second highest rates, followed by Skokie, where the rate increased by 0.3 percent in July to 8.7 percent. The lowest rate, according to unemployment figures released last week by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, is in Highland Park with 5.7 percent unemployment. Wilmette comes in second at 7.3 percent, followed by Glenview at 7.5 percent.
Park Ridge was the only town where the rate remained unchanged from June to July at 8.1 percent.
Despite the steady monthly increases in unemployment in most towns, the majority of unemployment rates still remain slightly lower than what they were at this time last year, though that gap is quickly closing.
The largest year-to-year improvement continues to be in Mundelein, which had a sharp increase in employment months back. There the rate is now 7.9 percent — 1.8 percent lower than the 9.7 percent it was at in July 2010, followed by Highland Park, where the rate dropped by 1.4 percent in the year-to-year comparison.
However, rates in Elmwood Park, Glenview, Northbrook, Park Ridge, and Wilmette are between 0.4 and 0.6 percent higher than what they were in July 2010. Morton Grove is the only town where the rate is the same as it was in July 2010.
Statewide, unemployment rose by 0.3 percent from June to July to an even 10 percent — which is still 0.5 percent lower than what it was in July of last year.
Nationwide, the unemployment rate remained steady from June to July at 9.3 percent, which is 0.4 percent lower than last year.
Rates rose in July in every metropolitan area in the state, although the increases were less than May to June increases. In the Chicago area, the rate rose by 0.1 percent to 10.5 percent, the same as it was in July 2010 (according to non-seasonally adjusted rates released by IDES).