Unemployment on the rise in Illinois

By Ryne Turke on April 23, 2016 at 1:01pm

Unemployment numbers for the month of March are in.

In the four county area, Morgan County increased from 5.1 percent in 2015 to 6.0 percent in March of this year. Elsewhere, Scott County rose from 6.7 percent to 7.2 percent, Greene County went from 6.3 percent to 6.9 percent and Cass County increased from 5.7 percent to 6.6 percent.

Springfield metro area non-farm job totals increased by nearly 2,000 over the year. Gains were seen in Health Care, Professional Business Services, Leisure and Hospitality and Government. Slight decreases were reported in Financial Activities and Retail Trade.