Jobless rates higher for most area counties

Jobless rates higher for most area counties

Champaign County's unemployment rate hit 9 percent in January, while Vermilion County's rate climbed to 11.8 percent, the state Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

Both rates were up from December — and also up from January 2012.

"Increases in the unemployment rate and newly created jobs are expected each January," said department Director Jay Rowell in a release. "The new year encourages employers to hire and workers to re-energize their work search."

Champaign County's rate rose from 8 percent in December and from 8.8 percent in January 2012.

Vermilion County's rate jumped from 9.9 percent in December and was also higher than the 10.9 percent recorded in January 2012.

Here are the January unemployment rates for other area counties, along with the December rates:

— Coles, 9.8, up from 8.9.

— DeWitt, 9.8, up from 8.

— Douglas, 8.5, up from 7.7.

— Edgar, 10.8, up from 9.3.

— Ford, 10, up from 8.5.

— Iroquois, 10.2, up from 8.3.

— McLean, 7.7, up from 6.9.

— Moultrie, 8.7, up from 7.2.

— Piatt, 9.6, up from 7.8.

Coles, DeWitt, Moultrie and Piatt counties all had slightly higher unemployment rates than they did the previous January. Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois and McLean all had slightly lower rates than a year earlier.

Among area cities, Champaign had the lowest rate in January — 8.9 percent, up from 8 percent in December. Urbana's rate was 9.4 percent, up from 8.9 percent, and Danville's was 12.5 percent, up from 10.5 percent.

Among Illinois metropolitan areas, Champaign-Urbana had the fourth-lowest rate in the state, behind Bloomington-Normal, Davenport-Moline-Rock Island and Springfield.

Non-farm employment in the Champaign-Urbana metro area — made up of Champaign, Piatt and Ford counties — increased by 2,600 from January 2012.

Within the area, government added 1,100 jobs, leisure-hospitality 500 and professional-business services 300. Other sectors showed smaller gains. The only sector that showed an employment decline from a year ago was the information sector.

Danville had the fourth-highest unemployment rate among Illinois metro areas behind Decatur, Rockford and Kankakee-Bradley.

Non-farm employment in the Danville metro area declined by a total of 100 from a year earlier.

Four sectors — financial activities, retail trade, transportation-warehousing-utilities and other services — each recorded job gains of 100. But the government sector and the professional-business services sector each lost jobs.

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