Let's Play Pin the Unemployment Rate on the Map

We took the top and bottom 25 counties in Illinois for unemployment and mapped them out for your viewing pleasure.

The unemployment rates in Illinois vary from county to county. One county might be at seven percent, well below the state rate of 8.6 percent. Another county might be over 11 percent. But while lists will show you where each county stands, putting them on a map helps us get an idea of which parts of the state are doing well, and which parts aren't.

That's why we created a map highlighting the top and bottom 25 counties in Illinois in terms of unemployment rates. With just under half the counties in the state represented, it gives an idea of which parts of the state is doing well and which parts aren't.


The views expressed in this post are those of Reboot Illinois and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch or its editors.

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Jordan S. Zoot February 24, 2014 at 02:24 PM
I have no issue with not extending benefits. I am certainly not going to depend on social security or Medicare in retirement. I made proper choices to save. I pay my ER share of employment taxes and a reasonable portion of employee health care but not all of it. The 1% do provide jobs and neither of the two of you small minded pinheads is going to educate me so feel free to pound sand.
Doremus Jessup February 24, 2014 at 02:30 PM
Mr. Healy, A little digging about Illinois Policy Institute. According to their 2011 990 they contributed over $100,00 to Donor's Trust. Here is an interesting article about them. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/02/donors-trust-climate-denial If you think these very wealthy people care about anything except money I think you are sadly mistaken.
Doremus Jessup February 24, 2014 at 02:32 PM
Zoot, I do not think anyone is going to educate you regardless of noggin shape.
Puddinghead February 24, 2014 at 03:08 PM
@Isthistheusa & Doremus So what is the fix? Who are the job creators in IL and what can be done so they can create more jobs? What can Government do to foster an environment of business & job growth? You can slam someone's opinion as much as you want but what is YOUR SOLUTION to this problem? Extending unemployment benefits is a bandaid to a very real problem and there are alot of people not counted in the monthly job numbers because they have exhausted all of their UI benefits AND cannot find a job.
jim February 24, 2014 at 03:13 PM
Doremus Jessup you don't pay for unemployment insurance
jim February 24, 2014 at 03:17 PM
Doremus Jessup have you tried working with a temp agency like Manpower
Patrick Healy February 24, 2014 at 04:41 PM
Doremus, are you denying these numbers are accurate? Do you really doubt that Illinois, which is run by the democratic party, is one of the worst run and corrupt states in the country? Numbers don't lie Doremus. What is your answer for Illinois? The same old democratic policies? Or maybe something new like our neighbors to the north, east and west have done?
Doremus Jessup February 24, 2014 at 05:39 PM
Mr. Healy, My first answer for Illinois would be to adopt a permanent progressive income tax so that ratings agencies can rate our bonds so we can borrow money cheaper. Next I would like to ask our Congressional delegation Why Illinois ranks almost at the bottom for federal tax dollars making it back to the state. A lot of other states are true welfare states in that they receive more federal dollars than they put in.This is the fault of our entire congressional delegation. Also, I would not look to our neighbors,I guess if we put "In God We Trust" on our license plates we will all be saved like our idiot neighbors to our east. Or we can have the Koch brothers lease our Governor like they have with Scot Walker with our Dear Neighbor to our north. I am not going to disparage Iowa because I have not heard too may things about it but I would say that I am not sure comparing Illinois and Iowa is fair I think we are pretty different.
Jordan S. Zoot February 24, 2014 at 05:48 PM
DORKremus you can take progressive income tax and go to hell. The tax rate needs to be reduced, NOT increased, and you can't really do a progressive tax that is based upon AGI. If you want to drive people from the state that are paying taxes its a great way to do so. We need to follow Walker's lead and break the backs of the public employee unions and get pension costs pulled back in line. Then get rid of the Democrats and impose term limits.
Puddinghead February 24, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Progressive tax? Since the last "temporary" tax hike in 2011 the State of IL had it's credit ratings downgraded 5 times. IT DOES NOT WORK!
Doremus Jessup February 24, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Zoot, you're a real hoot. Progressive tax, yeah baby, and how about a 5 year waiting period to buy a gun. That sounds fair to me.
Jordan S. Zoot February 24, 2014 at 06:21 PM
How about something that will solve the problem once and for all....switch the voting system to votes count proportionate to dollars of Federal INCOME tax paid. In other words if I pay $10K in taxes and you pay $1 my vote is worth 10,000x what yours is. Let's me point out that I very said INCOME not EMPLOYMENT taxes. Hence if you don't make enough to pay in come taxes YOU GET NO VOTE. By the way the Koch brothers have some really good ideas that would help Illinois. Before we finish....lets add mandatory drug testing for anyone that gets unemployment, food stamps, Section 8 and similar programs which puts them on the public dole.
Bonnie Aurand February 24, 2014 at 06:35 PM
I would like to point out that nobody is interested in the fact that there sre so many people are suffering so badly because of unemployment being stolen away... and cannot get jobs. At this point last year people were collecting they're life lines for 24 months, and now it has been reduced to 25% of that. Basically without warning!!!! I had to cash out my retirement and take a tax hit just to live..With 2 kids and no husband I am devestated. The father is on unemployment and next month will be shut off and he wont be giving me anything. THat means no income unless some kind of miracle happens for me. I have paid into UI for 16 years, never been on UI before in my 38 years of existance and tghe one time I need it. ITS GONE.. I funded the extension for the people in the past. but I get nothing in return.I am furious, and desperate for any kind of relief. We need everyone to sign the petition on whitehouse.gov and sign these petitions to force these Senators to relieve these citizens of a very much needed lifeline. I sent emails to the local news stations to tell the American people that there is something they can do....SIGN THESE PETITIONS!!!! WE need all the people afflicted from this decision to come together and sign these petitions, there are I believe 2 petitions out there to sign regarding renew UI benefits now. We needed 100,000 signatures and as of last week we only had 5000. NO wonder Congress doesnt care, neither does anyone else.
Eric Blair February 24, 2014 at 06:48 PM
The “powers that be” must laugh with satisfaction when “they” scan post such as these. You people can’t agree on anything. We as a nation have been balkanized for a reason. Surely you all have heard of “divide and conquer”. You’re all barking up the wrong tree. Nothing will save this state or country because there exist far too many people who refuse to THINK. The only mentality that exist in our country right now is “grab what you can, everyone on their own, I got mine get your own, sc-ew you….”. How can the situation possibly improve when even ten people can’t agree on a solution? Fact is that this experiment in government (the USA) doesn’t work. The last 225 years are only an anomaly in the known history of the world. It’s crumbling before our collective eyes.
jim February 24, 2014 at 07:02 PM
Bonnie have you tried working with a temp agency? You don't pay into unemployment insurance
Jordan S. Zoot February 24, 2014 at 07:13 PM
S good point....reminding everyone that those of us that are employERs pay into unemployment not employEEs. As an employer I pay an insane amount in employment taxes, unemployment, disability, and health insurance. I have to pay those taxes ahead of almost everything else I pay. At this point, there isn't a snowball's chance in hell that the Federal unemployment is going to get extended and Illinois is broke.....thanks to the party of the JackAss. The government isn't crumbling....this IS NOT the Ukraine. If Illinois raises income taxes...I for one will probably move the business to Wisconsin which is starting to look much saner.
IsthistheUSA? February 24, 2014 at 07:19 PM
@ S - oh yes, you do pay into unemployment! Have you ever prepared payroll? Indeed money is taken out of your check for unemployment! Talk to your HR. and yes, worked with a temp agency for oh, 11 months now! Got laid off from a temp job -- they are not hiring, either -- not everyone qualifies for what they have -- there is no simple solution. As far as numbers not lying -- are you kidding me??? -- take a look at these numbers and tell me who is lying?? http://kavips.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/how-much-the-republican-refusal-to-fund-long-term-unemployment-affects-the-gainfully-employed and let's not forget the "experiment" in North Carolina where unemployment was cut down last July -- yea, read it and then tell me if its such a great idea cutting them off -- http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/02/24/ask-the-jobless-if-cutting-unemployment-insurance-has-helped-their-job-prospects/
IsthistheUSA? February 24, 2014 at 07:26 PM
@ Bonnie -- how can people sign petitions when they lost their internet access???? That is cruel to say people don't care! Congress is counting on this to keep a lid on the truth. But with the ever-growing numbers weekly, it will take just one very po'd person to do -- well, I'm surprised it hasn't already happened -- but you can push us just so far. We are human and we do break.
IsthistheUSA? February 24, 2014 at 07:30 PM
@Zoot - I'll bet you typed that with a straight face, too! Sure, why not incur more debt by drug testing? You just aren't very bright, are you? UNEMPLOYMENT IS NOT WELFARE -- UNEMPLOYMENT IS NOT WELFARE -- UNEMPLOYMENT IS NOT WELFARE -- here, let me say it slower so you'll understand -- u-n-e-m-p-l-o-y-m-e-n-t i-s n-o-t w-e-l-f-a-r-e.
IsthistheUSA? February 24, 2014 at 07:35 PM
@Zoot -- you crack me up -- thank you for providing amusement at such a critical and frightening time -- oh, SURE the 1% provide jobs -- the nation has already done an 'experiment' -- reminds me of Mengele -- anyway -- in North Carolina -- if you don't want to read it for education then read it for more amunition to create snarky, hateful comments - and I don't believe for a second that you are a business owner -- http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/02/24/ask-the-jobless-if-cutting-unemployment-insurance-has-helped-their-job-prospects/ but, just in case I'm wrong, yes, I've been wrong before, read how NOT EXTENDING unemployment just might have an effect on your business or that of your fellows --http://kavips.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/how-much-the-republican-refusal-to-fund-long-term-unemployment-affects-the-gainfully-employed/
Jordan S. Zoot February 24, 2014 at 07:36 PM
IsthistheUSA?.....employees do NOT pay into unemployment at the Federal or State level. Anyone that indicates otherwise is a blithering idiot. If you doubt whether I know what I am talking about....I have been an Illinois CPA for thirty two years and you can look me up right here. http://www.idfpr.com/licenselookup/LicenseLookup.asp The user name is a real name.
Puddinghead February 24, 2014 at 07:47 PM
In IL - SUTA & especially FUTA is not deducted from employees paychecks. The SUTA requirement may vary from state to state but it is Federal law to not withhold FUTA from an employees paycheck. It is the responsibility of the employer to make these insurance contributions in IL. In fact the SUTA rate increases for an employer who has employees that put in a claim.
Jordan S. Zoot February 24, 2014 at 07:49 PM
IsthistheUSA?.....I don't give a sh** about what you might think...and with 14 posts on Patch you are a one topic wonder. Once again with the earlier link I posted you can look up the name of my firm...also known as a legally incorporated business in Illinois..what are you a sharecropper or a mop guy in an adult video store? I realize that Unemployment isn't welfare...its still a payment from a governmental entity to those that don't work, and as a taxpayer seeking to protect value for my dollars I want to see mandatory drug testing for the recipient and everyone living in their household. Don't like it TFB its my view.
Eric Blair February 24, 2014 at 08:35 PM
Mr. Zoot, you’re right, this isn’t the Ukraine. The Ukraine government or what’s left of it cannot create money out of nothing then charge interest. Since your business is money perhaps you can explain how it is that the so called Federal Reserve banking cartel can create trillions of $’s on a computer then “lend” this “money” to the U.S. government. Of course this fraud is backed up with the treasury bonds that are “bought” by the same banks with what exactly? Why did China and the rest of the world with the exception of Saudi Arabia stop buying U.S. Treasuries/DEBT? Why does “our” government protect the petrol dollar laundering country of Saudi Arabia at all cost even though this country is in violation of every principal the U.S.A. condemns in countries who don’t bow to the U.S? Who owns this debt? Who’s responsible for paying off the notes? Who owns the misnamed Federal Reserve? Assuming you have currency in your wallet what does this currency represent? Why do the notes say “Federal Reserve Note” rather than United States Note? This is NOT off topic but in fact the crux of our current problems.
Jordan S. Zoot February 24, 2014 at 08:39 PM
Sorry Eric I don't subscribe to the Federal Reserve BS theory discussion...have a good night.
jim February 24, 2014 at 10:33 PM
IsthistheUSA Unemployment insurance is a federal-state program jointly financed through federal and state employer payroll taxes (federal and state UI taxes). Generally, employers must pay both state and federal unemployment taxes if TRY LOOKING IT UP MIGHT HELP YOU LEARN SOMETHING
Jordan S. Zoot February 24, 2014 at 10:34 PM
S ...he doesn't know how to read.
IsthistheUSA? February 25, 2014 at 05:41 PM
@S ~ oh right, and you don't the employee pays? Ever work in HR for payroll? I suppose you also subscribe to believing everything you hear and read, too because statistics cannot be manipulated, right? My education on this matter came from experience, not some Wiki entry. And Zoot is just too arrogant and haughty. Not responding to any more of those anti-American posts. Zoot can't paraticipate in S's Fed Reserve conversation because it's all over his head. Yep, know the type. Ignorant and a bully. Buh-bye Zoot.
IsthistheUSA? February 25, 2014 at 05:42 PM
*and you don't think the employer pays?
Eric Blair February 25, 2014 at 05:57 PM
Sorry Mr. Zoot the real B.S. is thinking that by voting “we the people” can change anything for the better. Voting is only an illusion to make the voter think he/she has a say-so. Policy is made behind the scenes by internationalist/globalist who have no loyalty to any particular nation. Did you get that? “They” don’t give a rats as- about us. The sooner you accept the truth the easier it will be to understand why what’s happening is happening. We’re being destroyed on purpose by design. Democracies have never worked and this democracy we have is no different. Good luck with voting. Just wait ‘till 2016 when the witch Hillary is elected president. By then you’ll be broken/dejected and I’ll see you in some bar with the rest of us. I’ll buy ya a couple strong ones.


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