Every month the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) rolls out unemployment figures for Illinois towns and cities. While the January 2014 figures were delayed in being released, we now have the ten cities in Illinois with the highest unemployment rates. For some perspective, the current unemployment rate for the state of Illinois is 8.7 percent. Compare that to cities at the top of the list like Round Lake Beach and Belvidere? Yikes!

top 10 jan highest unemployment rates

Jobs, jobs and more jobs is one of the themes of this election year. Read more about jobs-related content on our website. We’ve got some links for your viewing pleasure below:

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House Speaker Mike Madigan wants a millionaires’ tax for school funding

Here are video highlights of Madigan’s press conference about the millionaire tax