By TESA GLASS firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — MT. VERNON — Unemployment in Jefferson County rose slightly in October coming in at 8.5 percent.
The rate in September was at 8.2 percent, showing a .3 percent increase. In October 2012, the unemployment rate was at 8 percent.
The county unemployment rate continues to come in lower than the state rate, which was at 8.9 percent for October. However, the state is showing a job growth rate of 15,400. September and October job growth in the state represents the largest gain since May 2010.
“It highlights the progress that has been made and underscores that there is much more to do,” said Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Jay Rowell. “Job growth in manufacturing and retail trade is encouraging. Manufacturing numbers show continued growth in Illinois and retail trade growth anticipates shoppers willing to spend with the potential for additional hires in November.”
For counties surrounding Jefferson, Franklin County continues to have the highest unemployment rates, coming in at 11.9 percent in October, up from 11.6 percent in September and up .9 percent from October 2012.
Perry County showed a rate of 10.9 percent in October, up slightly from 10.8 percent in September and steady from October a year ago.
Marion County was also in the double-digit unemployment rate, coming in at 10.3 percent, but remained steady to the rate reported in September. The rate in October 2012 was higher, at 10.7 percent.
Wayne County reported at 7.8 percent unemployment for the month of October, coming in slightly higher than September, which was 7.7 percent and higher than October 2012, when the rate was 7.5 percent.
White County came in at 7.3 percent unemployment in October, again slightly higher than September, which was at 7.4 percent. and higher than October 2012, which was at 7.2 percent.
Hamilton County came in at 7 percent unemployment, up from 6.5 percent in September, and up from 6.6 percent reported in October 2012.
Washington County has remained one of the lowest unemployment rate counties in the state, coming in at 5.9 percent, up from 5.8 percent in September and down from 6.2 percent in October last year.