Unemployment rates improving in West Central Illinois

By Ryne Turke on April 30 at 8:22am

The latest stats from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show Morgan County with the biggest drop from last year at this time, dipping from 9.5 percent to 8.2 percent.

Scott and Greene Counties came in just behind Morgan County. Scott dropped from 11.2 percent to 10 percent and Greene lowered its unemployment from 9.6 percent to 8.5 percent.

Cass County showed a one percent improvement by lowering rates from 9.1 percent to 8.1 percent.

Ron Payne, a spokesman for IDES, talks about the four-county region combined unemployment rate.

“We’re down from 9.6 last year to 8.4 this year. That’s a drop of 1.2 points.”

He highlights the gains in the job market.

“Wholesale trade was up around 100,” says Payne.

Professional business services were up around 75, the other services category as well as transportation housing and utility were up around 50. Financial activities was also up around 50.”

Payne also noted several losses.

“The leisure and hospitality sector was down around 175 over the year,” says Payne.

“Educational health services and the manufacturing sectors were down around hundred.”

IDES says the not-seasonally-adjusted Illinois rate was 11.1 percent. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.4 percent.