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Unemployment Up Overall in South Central Illinois

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Unemployment in Marion County and across South Central Illinois was up November.  Statistics released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security places Marion County's unemployment rate at 11.1-percent.  That's up eight-tenths of a percent from October and is three-tenths of a percent higher than a year ago.   

The Department of Employment Security reported seasonal employment gains in retail trade, wholesale trade and eating and drinking places.  Payroll advances occurred in mining, transportation, and health care services.  Seasonal construction employment declined as a number of major building projects were completed.  Government payrolls remained on a steady downward trend.  

Both Clay and Fayette County joined Marion County with double digit unemployment.  The 10.7-percent rate in Clay County is up seven-tenths of a percent from October and a half-percent from a year ago.  The Fayette County unemployment rate jumped nine-tenths of a percent to 10.6-percent.  That's a full percent higher than last November.  

The lowest unemployment rate in the region is in Washington County, where the rate is now 6.5-percent.  That's up six-tenths of a percent from last month and four-tens of a percent from a year ago.  Clinton County's unemployment rate jumped a half-percent to 6.9-percent.  That's down one-tenth of a percent from a year ago.  Jefferson County's unemployment jumped six tenths of one percent to 9.1-percent.  That's 1.4-percent higher than a year ago.  Wayne County's unemployment rate was 8.4%, a six-tenths of a percent increase over October and three-tenths of a percent higher than last November.   

Statewide, unemployment in Illinois in November was 8.3-percent.  The national rate was 6.6-percent.  On the positive side, Illinois officials say 281,400 private sector jobs have been created since January 2010 when job growth returned to Illinois following nearly two years of monthly declines.   

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