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Unemployment Rate

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Overview

The unemployment rate captures only a point-in-time snapshot of the civilian labor force age 16 and over who did not have a job, had been looking for employment for the previous four weeks, and were available to start a job. As of April 2007, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a national unemployment rate of 4.5 percent.There are many barriers to employment, including lack of skills and experience, transportation, and inadequate access to quality child care, particularly for second-and third-shift workers. According to the Children's Defense Fund, many low-income parents who lose their jobs do not qualify for unemployment benefits, making the loss of a family member's income even more distressing.

 

Unemployment Rate

The Top 10 results for 2009 (ranked by Unemployment Rate)

Zip CodeUnemployment RateYear
6310623.72009
6312023.62009
6310721.42009
6209021.42009
6220420.72009
6314020.02009
6220119.72009
6310317.62009
6313016.92009
6220516.92009

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DATA NOTES:
The unemployment data captures only a point-in-time snapshot of the civilian labor force, age 16 and over, who did not have a job, had been looking for employment for the previous four weeks, and were available to start a job.
* Data Not Available.

COMPARATIVE NORM:
U.S: 4.5%
U.S. Department of Labor,
Bureau of Labor Statistics
(as of April 2007)
MO: 4.7%
IL: 4.2%
(as of March 2007)