Jobless rates down, labor force shrinking
STERLING – Unemployment rates were lower in the five Sauk Valley-area counties this November than last, according to data released Thursday.
In Whiteside County, the jobless rate was 8.6 percent in November, down from 9.6 percent in November 2011 and down from 8.9 percent in October, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported.
In Lee County, the jobless rate was 8.2 percent in November, down from 9.3 percent a year ago and down from 8.3 percent in October.
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