Unemployment Numbers Improve in Our Region

Unemployment Numbers Improve in Our Region

New unemployment figures are out and they show improvement across much of East Central Illinois.  Danville’s unemployment rate dropped from 5.5 to 5.1 percent during November.  Vermilion County’s jobless rate fell from 4.9 percent in October to 4.6 percent last month.

The new numbers are from the Illinois Department of Employment Security and U.S. Department of Labor and have not been seasonally adjusted.

Danville’s 5.1 percent unemployment rate last month compares to 6.5 in November of 2018.  Vermilion County’s 4.6 percent jobless rate compares to 5.8 percent a year ago.

The report shows Vermilion County’s non-farm employment last month was down 100 from a year ago.  The county gained 200 jobs over the year in the Financial Services category and another 100 jobs in the Professional & Business Services category.  But the Mining & Construction….Retail Trade….Education & Health Services…and Leisure & Hospitality categories each lost 100 jobs compared to levels one year ago.

In Champaign County the 3.1 percent jobless rate for November is down from its 3.6 percent level in October.  In Iroquois County November’s 3.6 percent unemployment rate was unchanged from October.   And in Edgar County the jobless rate of 3.6 percent for November was down three-tenths of a percent from October’s 3.9 percent figure.