Unemployment rates fall throughout area
Unemployment rates dropped in all 11 counties of East Central Illinois in October, the state Department of Employment Security reported last week.
Champaign County's unemployment rate was 7.7 percent, down from 7.8 percent in September. Meanwhile, Vermilion County's rate was 9.9 percent, down from 10 percent in September.
October rates for other area counties and the change from September include:
- Coles, 8.3, down from 8.7;
- DeWitt, 7.5, down from 7.6;
- Douglas, 7.2, down from 7.4;
- Edgar, 8.5, down from 9.2;
- Ford, 7.5, down from 7.7;
- Iroquois, 7.4, down from 7.6;
- McLean, 6.6, down from 6.7;
- Moultrie, 6.7, down from 6.8; and
- Piatt, 6.6, down from 6.9.
Among area cities, Champaign had the lowest rate — 8 percent, unchanged from September. Urbana's rate fell from 9.1 percent to 8.9, and Danville's rate dropped from 10.7 percent to 10.5.
September and October rates are not directly comparable since they aren't adjusted for seasonal variations. But all the October jobless rates for area cities and counties were down from October 2011.