Mt. Vernon Register-News

March 29, 2014

Unemployment numbers stay steady

By TESA GLASS tesa.glass@register-news.com
The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON — Unemployment in Jefferson County remained steady at 9.1 percent from January, while the state unemployment also remained unchanged at 8.7 percent.

“February’s job numbers show that our economy continues to improve,” said Jay Rowell, Illinois Department of Employment Security director. “The snapshot is another positive piece in the long-term trend of economic growth building in Illinois. It also reminds us that more is needed and expected because that economic success has yet to return to every household.”

In Jefferson County, the unemployment rate of 9.1 percent remained the same from January, and is less than the 9.5 percent unemployment rate reported in February 2013.

While still in the high double-digits, the Franklin County unemployment rate also remained steady from January to February, coming in at 13.3 percent. The rate is a drop from February 2013, when it was at 13.6 percent.

Marion County saw a slight increase in unemployment in February, with 11.8 percent unemployment compared to 11.3 percent in January. Both months are less than a year ago in February in Marion County, when it was reported at 13 percent.

Perry County also reported double-digit unemployment at 12.3 percent, which was also steady from January. The rate is lower than reported in February 2013, when it was at 13 percent.

Hamilton County unemployment in February jumped to 10.3 percent from 9 percent in January, and higher than 9.6 percent reported in February 2013.

Wayne County unemployment also rose slightly, coming in at 9.8 percent in February compared to 9.4 percent in January. The rate a year ago in February was at 10.2 percent. Washington County continues to be the local county with the least unemployment, coming in with 7.5 percent, compared to 7.4 percent in January. The rate in February 2013 was at 7.9 percent.