February jobless rate up in C-U, down in Danville over 2018

February jobless rate up in C-U, down in Danville over 2018

CHAMPAIGN — The unemployment rate in the Champaign-Urbana metro area increased slightly in February compared with a year ago, from 4.4 to 4.8 percent.

The rate was also up in 10 of the state's metro areas, unchanged in two and dropped in two others, including the Danville metro area, where it declined from 6.6 percent a year ago to 6.3 percent.

In the past year, the overall state unemployment rate declined from 4.9 to 4.7 percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The Champaign-Urbana metro area lost 400 nonfarm jobs in the past year, declining from 111,200 to 110,800, and the Danville metro area lost 600, declining from 27,600 to 27,000.

In the C-U metro area, job gains were reported in the government, financial activities, professional and business services, and other services sectors, while declines were reported in the education and health services, wholesale trade, retail trade, and manufacturing sectors.

In the Danville metro area, job gains were reported in retail trade and professional and business services, while declines were reported in mining and construction.

Statewide, 60,500 nonfarm jobs were added in the past year, with the biggest gains coming in the education and health services, professional and business services, and trade, transportation and utilities sectors.

Declines were reported in the information and construction sectors.

By the numbers

February unemployment rates, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security:

Location Feb. 2018 Feb. 2019
Champaign 4.0 4.4
Urbana 4.0 4.6
Danville 6.8 5.9
Champaign County 4.3 4.7
Ford County 5.2 6.0
Piatt County 4.6 5.1
Vermilion County 6.6 6.3
Douglas County 4.4 4.7
Edgar County 4.9 5.4
DeWitt County 5.1 6.0
Illinois 4.9 4.7

 

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