STERLING – Throughout the Sauk Valley, jobless rates were down in September from August and from September 2011, according to data released Thursday by Illinois Department of Employment Security.
In Lee, Whiteside, Bureau, Carroll, and Ogle counties, jobless rates were down from August and from last year.
The number of employed people in all five counties also increased from August to September. In Lee, Whiteside, Ogle and Carroll counties, the labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – increased over the month.
The numbers of unemployed were down in all five counties.
The Lee County unemployment rate was 8.3 percent in September, down from 9.2 percent in August and from 9.5 percent in September 2011.
In Whiteside County, the jobless rate was 8.7 percent, down from 9.7 percent in August and from 9.8 percent in September 2011.
The statewide unemployment rate also fell from 8.9 percent in August to 8.1 percent in September. It was 9.8 percent last September.
Nationwide, the September jobless rate was 7.6 percent, down from 8.2 percent in August and from 8.8 percent last year.