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More people, more unemployment

Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 3:17 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 3:28 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Unemployment in U.S. Congressional District 16 totaled 10.7 percent, according to figures just released from the U.S. Census Bureau. Of the 370,499 people in the district’s labor force, 39,599 were listed as unemployed in the 113th Congress survey.

There’s also been an increase in the number of people in the district with 7,977 new residents reported. The total number of residents is 713,840.

The congressional district covers parts of DeKalb, Ford, Stark, Will and Winnebago counties, and all of Boone, Bureau, Grundy, Iroquois, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Ogle and Putnam counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 Census. All or parts of Belvidere, Channahon, DeKalb, Dixon, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Ottawa, Morris, Pontiac, Rockford and Streator are included.

Baby Boomers still account for the largest age demographic with more than 14.7 percent of the population between 45 and 54. Median age for the district is 39.4 years of age. As is typical across the country, women outnumber men slightly 359,602 to 354,248. The overwhelming majority of residents are white with Hispanics making up less than 10 percent of the population and blacks less than 5 percent.

The largest source of employment in the district is the education and health occupations with more than 23 percent finding employment there.

More than 10 percent of all housing in the district is vacant, with just more than 42 percent of the residents moving into their current homes since 2005.

The majority of households earned more than $35,000 in 2011, with a median income of $52,101. However, 11.6 percent of the residents live below the poverty line.

More than 89 percent of the district population aged 25 and older has a high school diploma or GED, while just less than 20 percent have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

These numbers and more can be found at the U.S. Census Bureau’s My Congressional District website at http://www.census.gov/mycd/?eml=gd.

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