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McHenry County unemployment rate falls to 6.1 percent

CRYSTAL LAKE – The unemployment rate in McHenry County fell to 6.1 percent in June, a post-recession low, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

McHenry County’s jobless rate last month was nearly 3 percentage points lower than the 8.9 percent rate in June 2013. In May, the county’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent.

The unemployment rate in Crystal Lake was 6.3 percent, down from 9.5 percent in June 2013, IDES spokesman Greg Rivara said Thursday. Other jobless numbers showed Algonquin at 6.4 percent, down from 9.2 percent; McHenry at 6.2 percent, down from 8.7 percent; and Lake in the Hills at 6.1 percent, down from 9.2 percent.

Carpentersville’s unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent last month, compared with 10.5 percent in June 2013.

In Kane County, the jobless rate stood at 6.6 percent, down from 9.6 percent in June 2013.

Statewide, Illinois’ unemployment rate fell to 7.1 percent in June, driven to its lowest level since October 2008 by a fourth straight month of improvement, IDES reported last week.

The national unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent in June, according to the federal government. But Illinois has lagged behind the nation in recovering from the recession, with the state’s unemployment rate among the worst in the country for months.

Unemployment rates dropped in June in all 12 Illinois metro areas. It was the third straight month of across-the-board decreases.

Department Director Jay Rowell said Thursday in the agency’s monthly report on metro unemployment that the trend of encouraging employment data shows real economic improvement.

Sharp declines in unemployment were reported last month in high-unemployment areas. The Danville jobless rate fell from 11.6 percent a year ago to 9.3 percent. In Rockford the rate fell from 11.4 percent to 8.9. And in Decatur it dropped from 12.5 percent to 9.2.

• The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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