October 2015 local unemployment report

By Gary Scott on November 28, 2015 at 9:59am

From October 2014 to last month, the four-county region of Morgan, Cass, Scott and Greene Counties has once again seen a drop in unemployment.

According to the latest data released from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Morgan County dropped to 4.8 percent from 5.2 percent. Greene County fell from 5.8 percent to 5.5 percent. Cass County also fell by the same rate from 5.9 to 5.6 percent.

Scott County saw the most significant drop from 5.5 to 4.7 percent.

“Certainly, all the counties have lower rates. I did run some totals on the four-county area combined, and they dropped from 5.5 percent in October last year down to 5.1 percent this year. So, right around that area, four-tenths of a point decline in the unemployment rate,” says IDES spokesman Ron Payne.

“In the four-county area combined, we were up 150 jobs over the year. As far as the gaining sectors, wholesale trade was up 100, professional and business services was up 75, education and health services was up 75, the ‘other services’ sector was up 75, and transportation and warehousing and finance were both up 50.

“However, some of those gains were offset by losses. We had 150 down in the government sector, and we were also down in leisure and hospitality by 150,” he continues.

Statewide, Illinois saw its unemployment rate dip from six percent to 5.3 percent.