Illinois' Unemployment Rate is Really High, but Many Cities in the State are Higher

Which Illinois cities have the highest unemployment rates?

Illinois' unemployment rate is at 8.7 percent, higher than every state in the nation except for Rhode Island. That's not good. At all.

And while some areas of the state are definitely better than that 8.7 rate, there are plenty of cities that are higher than 8.7. Much higher. In fact, Round Lake Beach, which had the highest unemployment rate for February, has almost double the unemployment rate the entire state has. Round Lake Beach tops the top ten list of cities with the highest unemployment rate for February.


In case you want to see how those cities did between January and February, we have the January list below.


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BertH April 05, 2014 at 07:05 PM
This is the result of corrupt Illinois politicians. Too much of one party....Democrats.
McCloud April 06, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Maybe part of IL can cede to become part of WI. The guy up there has done things right.
Bernard Johnson April 06, 2014 at 03:16 PM
WI is no bastion of good governance nor is it on a sound economic footing. Have you been to Kenosha lately? Have you seen the issues that are manifest in Milwaukee? Are you aware of the divisions between those who blame their own public workforce [firemen, law enforcement, teachers, etc] for the state's inability to sustain itself in the face of imploding real incomes and the continued decline? The biggest thing going for WI over/in comparison to Illinois is that WI isn't awash with perversely corrupt politicians, haven't declared their major city as a 'sanctuary city' and doesn't have a vast segment of their population sucking 'em dry by being both utterly unemployable and consuming vast resources at the same time. Of course, if you like cheese/dairy products, bowling, drinking to excess on a regular basis and open'g day of deer-season being an official day-off; Wisconsin's may be the place for you.
RB April 06, 2014 at 07:06 PM
The Illinois problem took years to build up and is now manifesting in a big way. Democrats and Republicans are to blame. Someone above blames the electorate and I can't dismiss that. If they begin to tax retiree income (not just public pensions...all pensions) and don't do something about getting a progressive tax rate.....we will have more flight from the State. Without a progressive tax structure, we would actually have higher taxes than California...and that's scary. Prince Von Carhartt is simply pointing out the obvious with no real plan to fix the problem. It will get much worse before it gets better, regardless of who is Governor.
Jan April 07, 2014 at 12:29 AM
We've been had by both sides of the aisle over the years. Guv candidates can campaign all they want, but no one person is going to fix the mess we're in. They've proven time and again they don't know how to handle money and yet they have the brass kahoonies to raise taxes here and there and everywhere. Anyone who believes there's any such thing as a temporary tax hasn't been paying attention- at all. I think the electorate vents in chat rooms and opinions posts It's almost as if they actually think their elected officials are reading this stuff. How many have actually contacted them? IF we don't tell them what we want, we give them free rein to do whatever THEY want - and that's OUR fault.


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