Unemployment for Orland Park Residents Continues to Decrease

With the debt ceiling looming last month, the Department of Employment Security said that a solution was necessary to help improve jobless rates.

Unemployment rates in Illinois dropped slightly from October 2012 to November, to 8.2 percent, and are a full percentage point compared to 2011, according to new figures released last week.

November local unemployment rates fell in 11 of 12 metro areas compared to last year, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

For Orland Park residents, the unemployment rate fell from 7 percent in October to 6.7 percent in November. The local unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in Nov. 2011, according to the IDES.

"The trend of falling unemployment rates across Illinois shows that our economy continues to improve," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "The largest challenge to local economic growth is the fiscal cliff. Economic progress could slow at every level and we risk another recession if Congress does not work together to craft a solution."

Last week, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act, which aims to increase taxes on the wealthy and also extends expiring jobless benefits.

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. 

Statewide the unemployment rate dropped from 8.4 percent in October 2012 to 8.2 percent in November. Compared to October 2011, unemployment in Illinois has dropped 1 percent. 

The U.S. average unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in November 2012. 


Nov. 2012 Oct. 2012 Nov. 2011 % Change Over Month % Change Over Year Chicago Heights 12.3 11.9 15.2 0.4 -2.9 Evergreen Park 9.0 9.3 10.8 -0.3 -1.8 Oak Forest 8.1 7.9 9.1 0.2 -1.0 Oak Lawn 8.1 8.5 9.7 -0.4 -1.6 Orland Park 6.7 7.0 7.8 -0.3 -1.1 Tinley Park 6.9 7.2 8.0 -0.3 -1.1 Cook County 8.8 9.0 10.0 -0.2 -1.2 Will County 8.1 8.1 9.3 0.0 -1.2 Illinois 8.2 8.4 9.2 -0.2 -1.0 U.S. Average 7.4 7.5 8.2 -0.1


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Bob January 09, 2013 at 02:09 PM
"The trend of falling unemployment rates across Illinois shows that our economy continues to improve," Actually, this is a flat out lie. The unemployment rate from the BLS doesn't include workers who've stopped looking for work due to long term unemployment. With the Obama Depression killing job opportunities more than any time since the great depression in the 1930s, the better metric is the labor participation rate, which now is at a three decades LOW. The unemployment rate also excludes those working part time jobs, or those who are underemployed. "Real" unemployment is over 16% nationally, and probably several points higher in Illinois. Another piece of news came out last week that showed that Illinois had the SECOND WORST OUT MIGRATION IN THE NATION with over 800,000 people leaving Illinois. Most leave for better job opportunities, and more functional government, elsewhere. Funny this story didn't make it on to the Patch, Ben. Of course the parasites who come here to get in on some of the most generous welfare, free healthcare, and epidemic gang drug business LOVE IT HERE and are staying. Right, Mr Rowell, the economy is "improving" in Illinois, at least for those with patronage and public education jobs and on the public dole! Things are getting much worse for those productive citizens getting their taxes raised so that politicians and politically connected public employees can get fat penions and benefits at their expense!
paul cervenka January 09, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Congratulations Illinois. Another bond rating downgrade today!!!!!! Your the best! Just keep electing these same morons and they will continue seperating you from your money. What happens when the fools stop lending the state money?
Sara January 09, 2013 at 07:22 PM
The BLS also surveys companies who have to report their employee count each month. So I believe they factor that in as well.
Deb January 09, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Oh those retail jobs at $8.25 an hour, is that the jobs created? Because manufacturing jobs may never come back to Illinois in my lifetime. Tax and spend government is the only way in Illinois. Illinois has the most state taxes on individuals than any other state. So, if you aren't making the 'big bucks', your way of life will be very dismal, even if you are employed. In Orland Park, my taxes have gone up more than 200% in the 13 years I've lived here, and my part time job doesn't even cover that. I would leave Illinois in a heartbeat if I could, but I don't want to take my kids out of school district(the highest paid teachers in the state). Have a nice day anyway !


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