25 Best and Worst Illinois County February Unemployment Rates, Mapped

Northern Illinois is checkered with both high unemployment and low unemployment counties.

Illinois’ unemployment rate in February was 8.7 percent, which was the second highest in the nation ahead of only Rhode Island. But when looking at the 102 counties in Illinois, only 18 counties actually had an unemployment rate lower than the state’s rate of 8.7 percent. That means 84 counties had an unemployment rate of 8.7 or higher…and in some cases much higher. What gives?

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), the 8.7 percent figure put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is a seasonally adjusted rate, taking in to account season jobs. For the Illinois counties’ unemployment rate, IDES uses the non-seasonally adjusted rate, which in February in Illinois was 9.4 percent.

At least the 25 counties with the lowest unemployment rates in Illinois were all below that. You can check those out below, along with the counties with the 25 highest unemployment rates.


This article appears on all Patch Chicago sites. The views expressed in this post are those of Reboot Illinois and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch or its editors.

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seer. April 18, 2014 at 03:16 AM
Channing Grant -which McDonalds do you work at? does a college diploma fast-track you to be the head fryer?
lilacorn1956 April 18, 2014 at 08:45 AM
How many of those in the high unemployment areas are in farm land?
Joe Kocur April 18, 2014 at 12:52 PM
I didn't go to college and look at me!!! Big bad joe
Laurel April 20, 2014 at 08:09 AM
Seasonally or non-seasonally. Either you're working and getting paid or you're not. They are both rotten stats.


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