By TESA GLASS firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — MT. VERNON — The Jefferson County unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent in November.
The increase is from 8.5 percent reported in October, and is also up from 7.7 percent in November 2012.
The local rate is higher for November than the state average, which was at 8.7 percent, and above the U.S. average, which was at 7 percent.
For Illinois, the 8.7 percent rate for November is a drop of .2 percent from October, and a steady percentage from November 2012. According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, there were 10,300 private sector jobs added in November.
"Seven consecutive months of job growth shows that our steady economic progress continues," stated IDES Director Jay Rowell. "The nearly 300,000 jobs that have been created in the past three years show the resiliency of our workers and small business owners as our economy improves."
Locally, three surrounding counties to Jefferson boasted higher unemployment rates in November — Perry County, Marion County and Franklin County.
Perry County reported unemployment in the double-digits, coming in at 11.5 percent in November, up from 10.9 percent in October and up from November 2012, when the rate was at 10.7 percent. Marion County unemployment was at 11.1 percent in November, up from 10.2 percent in October and up from 10.8 percent in November 2012. Franklin County, which has been reporting some of the highest unemployment numbers in the state, reported a 12.4 percent unemployment rate, up from 11.9 percent in October and up from 10.8 percent in November 2012.
Wayne County came with a lower unemployment rate than Jefferson County for the month, reporting 8.4 percent, which was up from 7.8 percent reported in October and up slightly from the November 2012 rate 0f 8.1 percent.
Hamilton County reported a 7.2 percent unemployment rate for November, up slightly from 7 percent in October and remaining steady compared to November 2012.
Washington County, which has been reporting the lowest unemployment rates in the region, came in at 6.5 percent unemployment in November, up from 5.9 percent in October and up slightly from the year prior, when the rate was at 6.1 percent.