Unemployment numbers down again in July throughout Illinois

Unemployment numbers down again in July throughout Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — The unemployment rate dropped in each of the state's 14 metro areas in July compared with a year ago.

In the Champaign-Urbana metro area, it dropped slightly — from 4.6 to 4.5 percent. In the Danville area, it dropped from 6.8 to 5.9 percent.

The unemployment rate appears to be leveling off in most places, with Piatt County's rate even increasing from 3.9 to 4.1 percent, still one of the lower rates in the area.

Statewide, the unemployment rate dropped from 5.1 percent a year ago July to 4.3 percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Illinois added 75,900 jobs over the year.

In the C-U area, 1,600 nonfarm jobs were added.

Nine hundred were added in the government sector; 700 in education and health services; 500 in leisure and hospitality; 100 in professional and business services; 100 in financial activities; 100 in transportation, warehousing and utilities; and 100 in durable goods manufacturing.

Meanwhile, the Champaign-Urbana area lost 400 jobs in trade, transportation and utilities; 300 in wholesale trade; 200 in retail trade; 200 in mining and construction; 100 in information; and 100 in non-durable manufacturing.

The Danville area lost 100 jobs year-over-year.

A hundred jobs were added in professional and business services; 100 in education and health services; and 100 in leisure and hospitality.

But 100 positions were lost in the trade, transportation and utilities sector; 100 in wholesale trade; 100 in information; 100 in financial activities; and 100 in government.

Around the area

A look at year-over-year July unemployment rates (not seasonably adjusted):

Area 2017 2018
Champaign 4.6% 4.5%
Urbana 5.2% 4.8%
Danville 8.4% 7.4%
Champaign County 4.6% 4.5%
Douglas County 4.4% 4.1%
Ford County 4.8% 4.6%
Piatt County 3.9% 4.1%
Vermilion County 6.8% 5.9%
Illinois 5.1% 4.3%
United States 4.6% 4.1%


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