Illinois' unemployment rate in February was 8.7 percent, which was the second highest in the nation ahead of only Rhode Island. But when looking at the 102 counties in Illinois, only 18 counties actually had an unemployment rate lower than the state's rate of 8.7 percent.
With the February unemployment statistics for Illinois due to come out in the next week or two, we take one last look at the data from January, a month where the overall unemployment rate for Illinois was 8.7 percent. Some cities were well below that.
While the worst counties don't have rates as extreme as the worst cities, Illinois is still home home to five counties with an unemployment rate of 12 percent or worse, much above the state's average of 8.6 percent.
If you're an Illinois resident with a high property tax bill, chances are strong you live in one of the collar counties surrounding Chicago. That's not an end-all-be-all statement, but based on data from Tax-Rates.org, it's a pretty safe assumption.
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