Illinois' unemployment rate remains above 8 percent, but most communities, including Batavia, saw a decrease in jobless residents in September 2012, according to new figures released last week.
September 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 Batavia, the unemployment rate dropped from 7.6 percent in August 2012 to 6.7 percent in September. The city's jobless rate has dropped 1.1 percent compared to September 2011.
Statewide the unemployment rate dropped from 8.9 percent in August 2012 to 8.1 percent in September. Compared to September 2011, unemployment in Illinois has dropped 1.7 percent.
Although fewer people are out of work in Illinois as of late, the rate still lags behind the national average of 7.6 percent unemployment. Illinois saw slightly larger gains in the last month, though, with a .9 percent drop compared to .6 percent nationally.
"This month's report highlights that we have made steady progress in lowering the unemployment rate, but more needs to be done," IDES Director Jay Rowell said in a news release. "Hiring managers need to see consistent, long-term tax policy and spending priorities by the federal government before we will see stronger hiring increases."
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.
Here are the numbers:
KANESept. 2012 Aug. 2012 Sept. 2011 % Change Over Month % Change Over Year Aurora 7.6 8.5 9.2 -1.0 -2.2 Batavia 6.7 7.6 7.8 -0.9 -1.1 Elgin 8.2 8.9 11.0 -0.7 -2.8 St. Charles (Kane County portion) 6.0 6.9 8.1 -0.9 -2.1 Kane County 7.3 8.1 9.3 -0.8 -2.0 Illinois 8.1 8.9 9.8 -0.8 -1.7 U.S. Average 7.6 8.2 8.8 -0.6 -1.2