Vermilion only area county where jobless rate up
Vermilion County's June unemployment rate was higher than a year ago, even though most counties in East Central Illinois saw unemployment rates go down.
The Vermilion County rate was 11.1 percent in June, up from 10 percent in June 2012, according to statistics released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
The county seat, Danville, saw its unemployment rate increase from 10.4 percent to 13.4 percent over that time.
Manufacturing layoffs led to a decrease in Vermilion County's non-farm employment. Government and professional-business services also had fewer employees than a year ago.
A couple sectors — leisure-hospitality and financial activities — added jobs over the year, but not enough to offset job losses in other sectors.
According to the department, 3,978 people in Vermilion County were out of work and seeking a job in June, while 31,751 people were employed.
The Danville metropolitan area — which takes in all of Vermilion County — wasn't the only metro area in Illinois where unemployment went up over the past year. Chicago, Decatur and Peoria also fell in that category.
But nine counties in East Central Illinois had lower unemployment rates in June than they had a year earlier. They included:
— Champaign, 8.8, down from 9.2.
— Coles, 9.8, down from 10.6.
— Douglas, 7.3, down from 8.1.
— Edgar, 8.6, down from 9.4.
— Ford, 8.3, down from 8.9.
— Iroquois, 7.7, down from 8.1.
— McLean, 7.5, down from 7.6.
— Moultrie, 7.5, down from 7.6.
— Piatt, 8.2, down from 8.3.
DeWitt County saw its June rate remain steady year-to-year at 8.1 percent.
In Champaign County, 8,511 people were out of a job and seeking work in June, while 88,467 people were employed.
Several sectors in the county showed job gains over the past year, notably leisure-hospitality, followed by government, construction and transportation-warehousing-utilities.
Manufacturing, retail trade and other services all employed fewer than a year earlier.
The unemployment rate for the city of Champaign was 9 percent, down from 9.5 percent a year earlier. Urbana's rate was 10.1 percent in June, down from 10.9 percent a year earlier.
Of the state's 12 metropolitan areas, Davenport-Rock Island-Moline had the lowest rate, 6.8 percent, followed by Bloomington-Normal and Springfield, tied at 7.5 percent.
The highest rate among metros was Decatur at 12.5 percent, followed by Danville at 11.1 percent and Rockford at 11 percent.
The counties with the lowest unemployment rates were almost all in western Illinois — Brown, at 4.8 percent, followed by Monroe at 6 percent and Adams at 6.4 percent.
Counties with the highest unemployment rates were Grundy and Macon, both at 12.5 percent, followed by Franklin, at 12.1 percent, and Perry, at 12 percent.
Almost all Illinois counties had higher unemployment rates in June than they did in May. The county rates are not adjusted for seasonal variations, making year-to-year comparisons more practical.