Jobless rates rise on both sides of state line

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Unemployment rates rose dramatically on both sides of the Illinois/Wisconsin state line in November.

Beloit's unemployment rate shot up to 4.8 percent in November, compared to 3.3 percent in October, making it the highest unemployment rate among Wisconsin's 32 largest communities.

Beloit's jobless rate in November of 2017 was 3.8 percent, according to figures released Friday by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Racine had the second highest jobless rate in November in the state at 3.9 percent, followed by Milwaukee at 3.7 percent and by Janesville at 3.6 percent.

On the Illinois side of the state line, Belvidere recorded the highest unemployment rate among the 106 largest communities in the state at 12.7 percent in November compared to 5.3 percent in October and to 5.4 percent in November of 2017.

Rockford also hit a double-digit unemployment rate at 11.3 percent in November, up from 6.4 percent in October. Rockford's rate in November 2017 was 5.8 percent.

Downers Grove, Park Ridge and Woodridge tied for the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.7 percent in November.

"Payrolls rose in most metro areas across the state" said Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Jeff Mays. "At the same time, the unemployment rate increased in most metros, mostly due to more people entering or reentering the labor force as many of the local economies continue to improve."

The lowest unemployment rate in Wisconsin in November was recorded in Fitchburg at 1.9 percent, down from 2 percent in October. Madison had an unemployment rate of 2 percent in November, down from 2.1 percent in October.

Among Wisconsin's 72 counties, Iron County had the highest unemployment rate in November at 4.8 percent, up from 4.2 percent in October, but down from 5.4 percent in November of 2017.

Lafayette County had the lowest unemployment rate in Wisconsin in November at 1.9 percent, unchanged from October's rate.

Dane County had an unemployment rate of 2 percent in November, down slightly from 2.1 percent in October.

Rock County had an unemployment rate of 3.5 percent in November, up from 2.8 percent in October, and up from 3 percent in November of 2017.

Nearby Walworth County had an unemployment rate of 2.5 percent in November, up from 2.4 percent in October, but down from 2.7 percent in November of 2017.

Among Illinois' 102 counties, Boone County had the highest jobless rate in November at 9.6 percent, up from 4.6 percent in October and up from 4.6 percent in November of 2017.

Brown County in Illinois had the lowest unemployment rate in November at 2.4 percent, down from 2.7 percent in October and down from 2.8 percent in November of 2017.

Winnebago County had an unemployment rate of 9.2 percent in November, up from 5.3 percent in October and up from 4.9 percent in November of 2017.

Wisconsin's statewide unemployment rate was 3 percent in November, unchanged from October, but down from 3.2 percent in November of 2017.

Illinois' statewide unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in November, down from 4.2 percent in October and down from 4.6 percent in November of 2017.

The national unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in November, unchanged from October, but down from 4.1 percent in November of 2017.

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