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Unemployment Report: Jobless Numbers Up Across the Area

Although unemployment is down from this time compared to last year, numbers increased from September 2012 to October.

Unemployment rates in Illinois increased slightly from September 2012 to October, but are still down compared to 2011, according to new figures released last week. 

October local unemployment rates fell in every metro area compared to last year, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

In Kendall County unemployment ticked up in October to 7.1 percent from 6.6 percent in September. 

"Falling unemployment rates across our state and the lowest October rates since 2008 show that that our steady economic progress continues," IDES Director Jay Rowell said in a news release. "We now look to Congress to address the fiscal cliff. If not resolved, our future economic progress will be in jeopardy."

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 8.1 percent in September 2012 to 8.4 percent in October. Compared to October 2011, unemployment in Illinois has dropped 1.2 percent. 

The U.S. average unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in October 2012. 

KENDALL/WEST WILL

Oct. 2012 Sept. 2012 Oct. 2011 % Change Over Month % Change Over Year Bolingbrook (Will County portion) 7.9 7.4 9.1 0.5 -1.2 Joliet 9.9 9.5 11.7 0.4 -1.8 Naperville (Will County portion) 7.1 6.4 7.8 0.7 -0.7 Oswego 7.4 6.7 8.2 0.7 -0.8 Plainfield 6.9 6.5 8.1 0.4 -1.2 Romeoville 8.2 7.9 9.2 0.3 -1.0 Kendall County 7.1 6.6 8.3 0.5 -1.2 Will County 8.1 7.7 9.5 0.4 -1.4 Illinois 8.4 8.1 9.6 0.3 -1.2 U.S. Average 7.5 7.6 8.5 -0.1 -1.0
Cattlehauler November 27, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Republican run County workin for ya?
Becky November 27, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I'd imagine that seasonal work coming to an end is likely responsible for these numbers.
Kibitzer November 27, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Whether Republican or Democrat, it makes no difference. I quit believing in either party as being an answer to the many questions concerning the future of the U.S. long ago. And using the old "seasonal work" explanation is just another fairy tale. I love the spin that experts put on how bad things look for our nation. There is a hard truth ahead for us. One that no expert will be able to spin. We, as a nation, a once pretty good example of a hard-working, God honoring, freedom loving country, is done for. And mainly because we've long ago decided to shove God aside in our personal lives. No nation that goes down that road can long exist in a good way.
Kevin Wagner November 27, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Patch - I disagree with your math. The increase was actually 7.5% when compared to September.
Tim November 27, 2012 at 04:34 PM
That column is the %(percentage) change. That is how it is labeled. It is NOT the %(percentage) change in %(percentage). That label is nowhere to be found in this table, so I'm not sure why you are making up a column that doesn't exist, and then claiming it is 'wrong'. You can't 'disagree' with math.
Kevin Wagner November 27, 2012 at 04:41 PM
The change month over month is not arrived at through subtraction alone. You obviously have no business training or business experience. Once you start making comparisons you can't stop at subtraction. You should have paid attention during the high schoold economy class.
robert veach November 27, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Kibitzer, I never shoved God aside, I had the intuition to not follow any religion that promoted all the God stories that are in the bible, which to me is a great read if you want a story that has been re-written 50 times. Lets not blame the issues on God here. The issues are people greed and lack of basic understanding (math) of finances. People need to save, not spend, not get credit for ANYTHING they can NOT pay cash for.
Tim November 27, 2012 at 05:25 PM
10 apples 8 apples row #1 is not 25 apples more, is it? If you want to measure that, that column would be labeled - apples (%) similarly; 7.7% 7.1% The change in percent(just like the change in apples), is .6%. However, you are reading it as if it was change (%), but that column does not exist. Pay attention to the labels on the data you are reading. If you want to create a new column of data, feel free to post the results for all rows. What you are describing is the derivative of the data, not the data itself like is being shown here.
Kevin Wagner November 27, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I stated the obvious. You do not know how to read data. The difference between October (7.1%) and September (6.6%) is 0.5%. There is a heading that identifies a column as "% change over month" You cannot arrive at a percentage through subtraction alone. You must take the difference (0.5%) and divide it into the previous month (6.6%). Which column did I create?
Tim November 27, 2012 at 06:23 PM
and if that was apples? it would be 'apples change over month'. From the previous example, that would be 2 apples... not 25 apples. Percent is the descriptor, not the operation. What you are trying to measure, is 'change over month (%)', which is not one of the columns listed here. That is the column you are creating. The column that is actually listed here, is correct.
Jake Delrose November 28, 2012 at 06:58 AM
Wow. I wonder how many of these people voted for the same old, same old. Illinois is in a rut with the dems carving up Kendall county voters districts to be combined in democrat heavy territories to disenfranchise a strong county for republicans. What a game plan! The county is not shifting to democrats Kendall. You have been split up by not getting the state's political field leveled out. There is bickering in Springfield, we have people of the party creating their own fiefdoms at whatever county they live and never going outside of that, we cannot excite the individuals that are not plugged politically because someone thinks that the other person is out to get them and we do not allow our party members vote for our party officials as the other party does. No wonder people, that have no involvement in the party but keep on barely voting for republicans, have a hard time caring. They have no say, just the individuals that are the party insiders do. Illinois will never be back. My bet would be to see Christ back on the Earth first unless the Illinois Republican party will start allowing party members to guide the party, not political insiders.

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