11/23/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Area Jobless Rate Slightly Lower

The Chicago-area jobless rate fell in September, remaining above the national average but below statewide levels.

The September unemployment rate for the combined Chicago, Naperville and Joliet area was a seasonally adjusted 6.6%, according to figures released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. That compares with August's 7.2%.

The Chicago, Naperville and Joliet metro area includes Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, McHenry and Will counties.

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