Champaign, Vermilion jobless rates at 5-year low
Champaign County's unemployment rate fell to 6.5 percent in April, while Vermilion County's unemployment dropped to 8.9 percent, according to state figures released Thursday.
Both were the lowest April rates for those counties in five years, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
The Champaign County rate was down from 7.8 percent in March and 7.1 percent in April 2012. The department said 6,543 people in Champaign County were out of work and looking for jobs in April, while 93,409 people were employed.
The Vermilion County rate was down from 10.8 percent in March and 9.1 percent in April 2012. An estimated 3,119 people were out of a job and seeking work in April, while 32,120 people were employed.
Here are the April rates for other area counties and their change from March:
— Coles, 7.3, down from 8.5.
— DeWitt, 7.3, down from 8.5.
— Douglas, 6.2, down from 7.8.
— Edgar, 7.6, down from 9.7.
— Ford, 6.8, down from 8.4.
— Iroquois, 7.2, down from 9.3.
— McLean, 5.8, down from 6.9.
— Moultrie, 6.1, down from 7.4.
— Piatt, 6.7, down from 8.1.
Among area cities, Champaign had the lowest unemployment rate, 6.5 percent. Urbana's rate was 7 percent, and Danville's was 9.5 percent.
The Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area — which takes in Champaign, Ford and Piatt counties — had the fourth-lowest unemployment rate of 12 metro areas in Illinois.
Its rate of 6.6 percent fell behind Bloomington-Normal at 5.8 percent, Davenport-Rock Island-Moline at 6.2 percent; and Springfield at 6.4 percent.
The Champaign-Urbana metro area added 1,100 non-farm jobs between April 2012 and April of this year. There were major net gains in jobs in government, leisure-hospitality and educational-health services and net losses in retail trade, information and manufacturing.
The Danville metro area — made up of Vermilion County — lost 600 non-farm jobs over the course of the year. There were net gains in retail trade and financial activities and net losses in professional-business services, manufacturing, government and leisure-hospitality.
The data released Thursday was not adjusted for seasonal variations, making April-to-April comparisons the most relevant.