Unemployment rates up across area

Unemployment rates in East Central Illinois increased sharply in January, with many rates rising by more than a percentage point.

Vermilion County's rate increased to 8.2 percent, up from 7.1 percent in December and up from 6.5 percent a year ago. Employment declined in manufacturing and leisure/hospitality over the year, but increased in construction, wholesale trade and professional/business services. Danville's rate increased to 8.5 percent, up from 7.3 percent in December.

Champaign County's rate was 5.8 percent, up from 4.7 percent in December and up from 4.5 percent a year ago, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported.

Manufacturing and retail trade employment declined over the year, but jobs increased in leisure/hospitality, education/health services, professional/business services and financial activities.

The city of Champaign's rate was 5.2 percent, up from 4.5 percent in December. Urbana's rate was 5.6 percent, up from 4.7 percent.

Here are the rates for other area counties and their changes from December:

– Coles, 6.1 percent, up from 5 percent.

– DeWitt, 6.7 percent, up from 5.5 percent.

– Douglas, 6.3 percent, up from 5.1 percent.

– Edgar, 8.3 percent, up from 6.4 percent.

– Ford, 7.3 percent, up from 6.1 percent.

– Iroquois, 8.1 percent, up from 6.3 percent.

– McLean, 5.2 percent, up from 4.2 percent.

– Moultrie, 4.6 percent, up from 3.9 percent.

– Piatt, 5.1 percent, up from 3.7 percent.

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