Unemployment numbers remain lower in West Central Illinois from July 2014 to last month.
The recent over-the-year stats released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security show Morgan County’s rate decreased from 6.3 percent to 4.6, while Scott County went from 6.3 to 4.7 percent. In Cass County, it dropped from 7.1 to 5.4 percent, while in Greene County, it went from seven to 5.5 percent.
Ron Payne is an IDES spokesman.
“What we’ve kind of seen across the state, for much of the first part of this year at least, was declining labor force numbers, but actually this month in the local area, the over-the-year number in labor force was held steady. So, that’s a good thing,” says Payne.
“Basically what’s going on is, all the new entries to the labor force are finding jobs.”
Payne says unemployment numbers continue to look better across the state.
“Looking at all the metro areas across the state, July was the seventeenth month in a row that the rates fell in every metro area in the state, and they also fell in all 102 counties in Illinois for the 15th time in the last 16 months,” he says.
The combined unemployment rate for the four-county listening area fell from 6.6 percent to 4.9. Payne says there were a total of 225 jobs gained in the area over the year.