LOMBARD — The unemployment rate for Lombard increased from 7.1 percent in December to 8.1 percent in January, according to information released last week by the Illinois Department of Economic Security.
This rate also was higher than January 2012, when the state reported the village's unemployment rate at 7.7 percent.
Compared to the employment situation at a wider level, Lombard's numbers fall below the national and state rates.
The unemployment rate for Illinois jumped to 10.1 percent in January from 8.6 percent in December. The national rate also increased to 8.5 percent from 7.6 percent.
Neighboring communities of Villa Park and Elmhurst also experienced increases from December to January. In Elmhurst, the rate increased from 6 percent in December to 7 percent in January, and in Villa Park it increased from 7.4 to 8.6 percent.