Local unemployment numbers dropped by nearly half a percentage point over the month.
Morgan, Scott, Greene, Cass, and Macoupin all saw dips of 4-to-5 hundredths of a percentage point between May and June. Brown, Schuyler and Pike remain some of the places of some of the lowest unemployment in West Central Illinois, with all under 3.8%.
Unemployment rates in the state are the lowest they have been since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic with an average of 4.5%, still nearly a percentage higher than the nation.
The West Central Illinois rates are comparable to the national average of 3.6%.