Jobless rates down from January, up from 2007

Jobless rates down from January, up from 2007

February unemployment rates in East Central Illinois tended to be down slightly from January, but up from a year ago, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported.

Champaign County's rate was 5.2 percent in February, down from 5.8 percent in January but up from 4.3 percent in February 2007.

Champaign itself had a February rate of 4.7 percent, while Urbana's rate was 5 percent.

Vermilion County's rate was 7.5 percent in February, down from 8.2 percent in January but up from 6.6 percent in February 2007.

The unemployment rate in Danville was 7.7 percent in February, down from 8.5 percent in January but up from 6.5 percent in February 2007.

Manufacturing employment declined in both markets over the year, following a national trend, the department said.

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

– Coles, 5.6 percent, down from 6.1 percent.

– DeWitt, 6.4, down from 6.7.

– Douglas, 6.4, up from 6.3.

– Edgar, 7.3, down from 8.3.

– Ford, 6.6, down from 7.3.

– Iroquois, 7.5, down from 8.1.

– McLean, 4.9, down from 5.2.

– Moultrie, 4.7, up from 4.6.

– Piatt, 4.9, down from 5.1.

All 11 area counties had February unemployment rates that were higher than a year ago. The rates in Douglas, Ford and Iroquois counties were at least a full percentage point higher than a year ago. The mildest increase was in Piatt County, where unemployment rose from 4.6 percent to 4.9 percent over the year.

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