Jobless rates jump in June, but not compared to 2011

Jobless rates jump in June, but not compared to 2011

CHAMPAIGN — Area unemployment rates jumped in June, with Champaign County's rate climbing to 9.1 percent, up from 7.1 percent in May.

Vermilion County's rate increased to 10.5 percent in June, up from 8.9 percent in May, according to figures released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Here are the June rates for other counties in East Central Illinois, along with the change from May:

— Coles, 10.8, up from 8.5.

— DeWitt, 8, up from 7.1.

— Douglas, 8.4, up from 7.1.

— Edgar, 9.5, up from 8.2.

— Ford, 8.9, up from 7.5.

— Iroquois, 8.1, up from 7.2.

— McLean, 7.6, up from 6.2.

— Moultrie, 7.7, up from 6.5.

— Piatt, 8.4, up from 7.2.

The county figures are not adjusted for seasonal variations. When compared with unemployment rates from June 2011, the new rates were, in most cases, fractionally lower than a year earlier.

The exceptions were in Coles, McLean, Moultrie and Piatt counties, where the rates were marginally higher than a year earlier.

In Champaign County, an estimated 8,904 people were out of work and looking for a job in June, while 88,456 were employed.

In Vermilion County, 3,753 were jobless and looking for work in June, while 31,861 were employed.

Among area cities, Champaign had the lowest rate, 9.4 percent, up from 7 percent in May. Urbana's unemployment rate rose from 7.7 percent to 10.8 percent, while Danville's climbed from 9.2 percent to 11 percent.

The unemployment rate for the Champaign-Urbana metro area — made up of Champaign, Ford and Piatt counties — rose to 9.1 percent, up from 7.1 percent in May.

Among the state's 102 counties, Boone County in northern Illinois had the highest unemployment rate in June (11.7 percent) while Brown County in western Illinois had the lowest (4.8 percent).

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rsp wrote on July 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

One of the reports I heard mentioned that there has been an increase in people who were "off the rolls" so to speak who have started to look again due to the economy starting to get better. So the hopeless are regaining some hope. Let's hope so.