Danville jobless rate climbs to 14.4 percent
Danville's unemployment rate in July was the highest July rate in many years, exceeding those of the Great Recession.
The city's unemployment rate climbed to 14.4 percent, up from 13.4 percent in June, according to figures released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
Danville's previous July rates included: 11.7 percent in 2012, 11.9 percent in 2011, 13.9 percent in 2010, 13.2 percent in 2009 and 9.6 percent in 2008.
Vermilion County's unemployment rate in July — 11.8 percent — was not as high as the city's. But the county's rate was up from 11.1 percent in June and 10.6 percent in July 2012.
Of 36,028 people in Vermilion County's labor force, 4,234 were out of work and looking for a job in July, the department said.
During the preceding year, manufacturing employment fell by 400 jobs, due in part to layoffs. There were also fewer jobs in government, professional-business services and educational-health service.
But the number of jobs increased in construction, retail trade, financial activities and leisure-hospitality, the department said.
Danville had higher unemployment rates in January and February 2010, when the rates hit 15.8 percent and 15.7 percent, respectively.
But the monthly rates are not seasonally adjusted, meaning July and January rates are not directly comparable.
Vermilion County wasn't the only county in East Central Illinois with July rates higher than a year earlier. DeWitt, McLean and Piatt counties all shared that distinction.
Counties with lower July rates than a year ago included Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois and Moultrie.
Here are the July unemployment rates for area counties and their change from June:
— Champaign, 8.9, up from 8.8.
— Coles, 10.3, up from 9.8.
— DeWitt, 8.3, up from 8.1.
— Douglas, 7.9, up from 7.3.
— Edgar, 9.1, up from 8.6.
— Ford, 8.6, up from 8.3.
— Iroquois, 8, up from 7.7.
— McLean, 7.8, up from 7.5.
— Moultrie, 7.8, up from 7.5.
— Piatt, 8.6, up from 8.2.
Among area cities, Champaign had the lowest July rate — 9.2 percent, up from 9 percent in June. Urbana's rate was 10 percent in July, down from 10.1 percent in June.