Area's jobless rates worsen

Area's jobless rates worsen

Unemployment rates in East Central Illinois were higher in December than they were a year earlier, for the most part.

Champaign County's unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in December, up from 7.4 percent in December 2012, according to data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Vermilion County's rate was 12.2 percent in December, up from 10 percent a year earlier.

The only county in East Central Illinois where the unemployment rate dropped over the year was Moultrie. Its December rate was 7.1 percent, down from 7.2 in 2012.

Statewide, unemployment rates rose in 10 of the 12 metro areas. The other metro areas where rates declined were Chicago and Davenport-Moline-Rock Island.

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island had the lowest unemployment rate among the 12 metro areas — 6.8 percent. Decatur had the highest, 12.7 percent.

On a human level, the department said 8,162 of the 99,071 people in Champaign County's labor force were looking for work in December and unable to find it.

In Vermilion County, the number of unemployed in December was 4,435 out of a labor force of 36,352.

The number of nonfarm jobs in the Champaign-Urbana metro area dropped by 1,100 over the course of the year, while the number in the Danville metro area dropped by 100.

The Champaign-Urbana metro area includes the counties of Champaign, Ford and Piatt, while the Danville metro area takes in all of Vermilion County.

Here are the December unemployment rates for other counties in East Central Illinois and their change from a year earlier:

— Coles, 8.7, up from 8.

— DeWitt, 8.1, up from 8.

— Douglas, 7.9, up from 7.2.

— Edgar, 9.4, up from 9.1.

— Ford, 8.7, up from 7.9.

— Iroquois, 8.4, up from 8.

— McLean, 7.1, up from 6.4.

— Piatt, 8.1, up from 7.3.

Unemployment rates also rose in the cities of Champaign, Urbana and Danville.

Champaign's rate climbed from 7.5 percent to 8.2 percent; Urbana's jumped from 7.8 percent to 9.1 percent; and Danville's leaped from 10.9 percent to 13.9 percent.

Jobs report

December 2013, compared with December 2012

Champaign-Urbana metro area

Jobs added in:

  • Professional/business services
  • Construction
  • Educational/health services
  • Information

Jobs lost in:

  • Government
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation/warehousing/utilities
  • Leisure-hospitality

Danville metro area

Jobs added in:

  • Leisure-hospitality
  • Retail trade
  • Wholesale trade

Jobs lost in:

  • Manufacturing
  • Educational/health services
  • Government
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