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Lake County

July 2018 July 2017 Change

Labor Force: 237,303 232,766 +4,537

Employed: 225,667 220,924 +4,743

Unemployed: 11,636 11,842 -206

Percent of workforce unemployed

4.9 percent

Porter County

July 2018 July 2017 Change

Labor force: 88,327 86,569 +1,758

Employed: 84,925 83,091 +1,834

Unemployed: 3,402 3,478 -76

Percent of workforce unemployed

3.9 percent

LaPorte County

July 2018 July 2017 Change

Labor force: 48,534 48,212 +322

Employed: 46,486 46,174 +312

Unemployed: 2,048 2,038 +10

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Percent of workforce unemployed

4.2 percent

Cook County

July 2018 June 2018 Change

Labor force: 2,656,261 2,652,690 +3,571

Employed: 2,543,481 2,533,506 +9,975

Unemployed: 112,780 119,184  -6,404

Percent of workforce unemployed

4.2 percent

Will County

July 2018 June 2018 Change

Labor force: 361,799 361,633 +166

Employed: 346,811 345,382 +1,429

Unemployed: 14,988 16,251 -1,263

Percent of workforce unemployed

4.1 percent

Sources: Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Illinois Department of Employment Security

Compiled by Times Staff Writer Joseph S. Pete

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.