Jobless rate up in Illinois, too

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Unemployment rates on the Illinois side of the Stateline Area increased in June, just as they did on the Wisconsin side.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Securities, the unemployment rate for Winnebago County was 11.5 percent in June, up from 10.7 percent in May. Still, that is a big improvement from the 14.6 percent unemployment rate for the county in June of 2010.

There were 16,519 unemployed people in Winnebago County in June compared to 15,174 unemployed people in May. In June of 2010, there were 21,412 unemployed people in the county.

In Boone County, the unemployment rate was 11.9 percent in June, up from 10.6 percent in May. The jobless rate for Boone County was up to 14.9 percent in June of 2010.

There were 3,072 unemployed people in Boone County in June compared to 2,675 unemployed people in May. In June of 2010, there were 3,940 unemployed people in Boone County.

Other nearby counties saw lower unemployment rates from the previous year. McHenry County had a jobless rate of 9.3 percent in June compared to 9.8 percent in June of 2010. Ogle County had an unemployment rate of 11.4 percent in June compared to 13.4 percent in June of 2010. Whiteside County had an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent in June compared to 10.8 percent in June of 2010.

Rockford had an unemployment rate of 13 percent in June, up from 12.1 percent in May. The jobless rate in Rockford in June of 2010 was 15.8 percent.

There were 9,297 unemployed people in Rockford in June compared to 8,495 unemployed people in May. In June 2010, there were 11,546 unemployed people in Rockford.

In Belvidere, the jobless rate was 13.4 percent in June, up from 11.7 percent in May. In June of 2010 the unemployment rate in Belvidere was 15.9 percent.

There were 1,685 unemployed people in June in Belvidere, compared to 1,442 unemployed people in May. In June 2010, there were 2,043 unemployed people.

The statewide jobless rate in June was 9.7 percent, with 649,400 unemployed people, compared to a rate of 9 percent in May with 592,000 unemployed people. In June 2010, the jobless rate in Illinois was 10.5 percent with 701,200 unemployed people.

† The Illinois unemployment rates mirror the rates on the Wisconsin side of the state line for June where rate increases were seen in 65 of the stateís 72 counties.

Rock County had an unemployment rate of 10.1 percent in June, up from 9.4 percent in May.

Beloit had the highest unemployment rate of the 31 municipalities tracked by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development at 14.2 percent in June, up from 13.1 percent in May. Beloitís jobless rate was 17 percent in June of 2010.

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