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Unemployment in Marion County Is Now 9.9%

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The unemployment rate in Marion County increased one-tenth of a percent in May.   Labor Market Economist Dennis Hoffman says the rate of 9.9 percent is also a tenth of a point higher than in May of last year and translates into 1,700 on the unemployment roles.

"There is very little change one way or another in employment or unemployment in the last few months.  Most of the employment activity has been in seasonal type jobs. Construction is still pretty strong especially on roadwork and some commercial projects. There were also advances on liesure and hospitality, wholesale and retail trade," said Hoffman.  "Healthcare remains one of the strong industrial sectors, which has it has been for many years and continues to be a place where there are job opportunities."  

Hoffman reports Government payrolls continue to decline.  

Marion County is currently tied for the tenth highest unemployment rate in the state.  It is the highest rate in South Central Illinois.

Washington County had the lowest rate at 5.9%, down six-tenths of a percent from last May.  Clinton County had a 6.3% rate, a drop of eight-tenths of a percent from a year ago.  Jefferson County's rate is 7.8%, down a tenth of a percent from last May.  Fayette County now has an 8.7% rate, down six-tenths of a percent from last year.  The Clay County unemployment rate was at nine percent in June, down from 9.3 percent from a year ago.  

Statewide, unemployment was 8.7% last month.   

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