Area's jobless rates rise in November

Unemployment rates throughout East Central Illinois were up in November from the same month a year earlier, the state Department of Employment Security reported.

Champaign County's unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent, up from 7.1 percent in November 2012.

Meanwhile, Vermilion County's unemployment rate climbed to 11.7 percent, up from 9.4 percent a year earlier.

Rates also rose in the other nine other counties of East Central Illinois and in 11 of the state's 12 metropolitan areas.

The only metro area where the rate dropped was Chicago, where unemployment eased from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent.

On a human level, the department said 7,970 of the 100,867 people in Champaign County's labor force were looking for work in November and unable to find a job. The other 92,897 people were employed.

In Vermilion, the number of unemployed in November was 4,238 out of a labor force of 36,315. The other 32,077 people held jobs.

The only silver lining locally in the new unemployment report was that 1,000 jobs were added over the year in the Champaign-Urbana metro area, while 100 jobs were added in the Danville metro area.

Both metro areas suffered net job losses in manufacturing over that time, but made up for them with new jobs in other sectors.

Champaign County's biggest surge in new jobs was in the professional-business services sector.

The Champaign-Urbana metro area includes Champaign, Ford and Piatt counties, while the Danville metro area takes in all of Vermilion County.

Here are the November unemployment rates for the other counties in East Central Illinois and their change from a year earlier:

— Coles, 8.4, up from 7.7.

— DeWitt, 7.9, up from 7.3.

— Douglas, 7.6, up from 6.7.

— Edgar, 8.8, up from 8.5.

— Ford, 7.7, up from 7.3.

— Iroquois, 7.7, up from 7.2.

— McLean, 7, up from 6.1.

— Moultrie, 7, up from 6.7.

— Piatt, 7.7, up from 6.4.

Unemployment rates were higher in the cities of Champaign, Urbana and Danville than in their host counties.

Champaign's unemployment rate was 8 percent, up from 7.3 percent a year earlier, while Urbana's was 9 percent, up from 7.8 percent.

Danville's unemployment rate reached 13.8 percent, up sharply from 10.8 percent in November 2012.

Where jobs were added, lost

November 2013 compared with November 2012. The information, from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, was released Friday.

Champaign-Urbana metro area

Jobs added in:

— Professional, business services

— Government

— Educational, health services

— Leisure/hospitality

— Information

— Retail trade

— Construction

Jobs lost in:

— Manufacturing

— Wholesale trade

Danville metro area

Jobs added in:

— Leisure/hospitality

— Transportation/warehousing/ utilities

— Retail trade

— Wholesale trade

— Construction

Jobs lost in:

— Manufacturing

— Educational/health services

— Government

 

 

 

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