Unemployment Numbers Rise in Our Region

Unemployment Numbers Rise in Our Region

New unemployment numbers are out and they show the jobless rates have been rising across East Central Illinois.  The numbers are for January and are the latest figures available from the Illinois Department of Employment Security and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The report shows the unemployment rate in Vermilion County rose from 6.4 percent in December to 7.0 percent in January.  Champaign County’s unemployment rate rose one percent to 5.4 percent.

In Danville….the report shows the jobless rate climbed from 6.6 to 7.1 percent.

None of the numbers have been seasonally adjusted. The report says Vermilion County gained 200 jobs over the past year in the Retail Trade area.  It adds 200 more were added in the Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities category, and 100 jobs were added in the Professional & Business Services category.  But Vermilion County lost one-hundred jobs over the year in the Mining & Construction category.

Edgar County saw its unemployment rate rise from 5.2 to 6.2 percent in January (compared to one year ago).  And in Iroquois County the January unemployment rate of 6.6 percent is up from 5.2 percent a year ago.