More people looking for work are having a harder time finding it. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says local unemployment numbers are up.
The January rate for LaSalle County was 8.4%. It was 7.2% in December and 6.9% in January 2018. Putnam County’s was up from 6.0 to 8.0% from December to January. Bureau County’s was 6.2% in December and 7.4% in January.
All three counties combined went from 6.9% in December to 8.1% in January.