Unemployment rates drop in every West Central Illinois county for second straight month

By Ryne Turke on August 22 at 7:30am

That’s according to the latest numbers released from the Illinois Department of Employment Services.

Ron Payne with IDES says that the unemployment rates are much lower than last year at this time in Illinois. Payne notes the unemployment changes in the four-county area.

“Morgan County went from 8.9 percent to 8.2 percent over the year,” says Payne.

“Scott County went from 9.6 percent down to 6.7 percent, Greene County from 9.3 percent down to 7.3 percent, and Cass County from 8.8 percent down to seven percent. So, Central and West Central Illinois are fairing pretty well during the recovery.

The four-county area combined unemployment dropped from nine percent last year in July down to 7.2 percent this year.

Payne highlights the gains in the job market.

“The service sector, which includes car washes, laundromats and accountants, is up 50 over the year,” says Payne.

“The professional and business services sector was up 50 and financial activities, education and health care and the information sector were all up 25 over the year.”

Payne stated that leisure and hospitality was down 200 for the year, the government and retail sectors were down 50 and the construction sector was down around 25.

Nationally, the unemployment rate for the month of July was 6.2 percent