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Unemployment Report: Jobless Numbers Down From October 2011

Although unemployment in Orland Park and surrounding areas are down compared to this time last year, the number of claims made by residents slightly increased from September 2012 to October in the village and nearby.

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.

Orland Park numbers follow the same trend, going from 6.5 percent in September to 7.1 percent in October. But the October 2012 number is down 1.1 percent from October 2012. Last month, 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.

"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. 

SOUTHLAND


Oct. 2012 Sept. 2012 Oct. 2011 % Change Over Month % Change Over Year Chicago Heights 11.9 11.2 15.5 0.7 -3.6 Evergreen Park 9.3 8.4 11 0.9 -1.7 Oak Forest 7.9 7.5 9.2 0.4 -1.3 Oak Lawn 8.5 7.9 10 0.6 -1.5 Orland Park 7.1 6.5 8.2 0.6 -1.1 Tinley Park 7.2 6.8 8.4 0.4 -1.2 Cook County 9.0 8.5 10.4 0.5 -1.4 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

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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

CHICAGO

Oct. 2012 Sept. 2012 Oct. 2011 % Change Over Month % Change Over Year Chicago 9.9 9.4 11.6 0.5 -1.7 Cook County 9.0 8.5 10.4 0.5 -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

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