12/27/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Chicago-Area Jobless Rate Now 6.9%

The jobless rate for metropolitan Chicago rose in October to 6.9%, according to figures released Wednesday.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported that out of a labor force of 4 million people, 281,400 applied for unemployment benefits in October. Last month's jobless rate was up from the 6.6% reported in September.

The Chicago-area figure encompasses data from Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, McHenry and Will counties.

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