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Illinois Sees Weekly Jobless Numbers Rise, Monthly Rate Fall

Weekly Jobless Numbers Up, March Unemployment Down
Vander Tuuk 4-16-21

(Chicago, IL) It was a mixed bag of employment numbers in Illinois. Officials announced just under 19-thousand new jobless claims for the week of April 5th, that was up from just over 16-thousand the week before. That news was coupled with March unemployment, which fell three-tenths to 7.1%…but remains well over the national unemployment rate for March, which was 6%. Coronavirus restrictions in Illinois continue to be some of the toughest in the Midwest, and have been blamed for continuing job losses.

Coronavirus Illinois, Lake County
Vander Tuuk 4-16-21

(Chicago, IL) Coronavirus cases continued to be high in Illinois on Thursday. The state announced just under 36-hundred new cases, and 40 fatalities, the highest number since March 11th. Of those, 133 cases were reported in Lake County with one death. Metrics in the Lake and McHenry County area, known as Region 9, either flattened out, or dropped, which could be an encouraging sign, along with ramped up vaccinations. The area saw Covid-linked hospital admissions and ICU number stay flat, while positivity dropped three-tenths to 4.4%….though that is skewed by McHenry County’s 9.1% rate, compared to 3.3 in Lake County.

Illinois Reaches the 3-Million Fully Vaccinated Mark
Vander Tuuk 4-16-21

(Chicago, IL) Illinois health officials say over 3-million state residents are now considered fully vaccinated. That number, which is officially, 3,093,820, represents just under a quarter of the state. In total, some 7.6-million doses have been administered, even with the pause in the Johnson & Johnson shot. Locally, over 152-thousand people are considered fully vaccinated, or about 21.8% of the county population.

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