Mt. Vernon Register-News


July 26, 2013

Jobless rate jumps in June

MT. VERNON — Unemployment in Jefferson County jumped up to 9 percent in June, a 1.1 percent difference from May.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security released rates for counties on Thursday, with rates showing an upward climb in most areas of the state.

The 9 percent rate in Jefferson County is below the state unemployment rate, which was at 9.2 percent.

"The unemployment rate is not surprising given the volatility of that measurement and that the same summertime movement occurred in 2012 and 2011," said IDES Director Jay Rowell.

Volatility has been the hallmark of this economic cycle, according to information from IDES. "When compared to the previous month, Illinois recorded job growth in 30 months and job loss in 12," information states. "Unemployment fell in 24 months, increased in nine and was unchanged in nine. Sustained consumer confidence would reduce volatility."

The Jefferson County rate of 9 percent is also larger than the June 2012 rate, which was 8.6 percent.

Franklin County has the dubious honor of having the highest unemployment rate in June for the state, coming in at 12.1 percent, up from 11 percent in June 2011, and up from 10.7 percent in May.

Marion County came in with a June unemployment rate of 11.2 percent, which is also a jump up from 9.9 percent in May. Marion County had a 10.9 percent rate in June 2012.

Hamilton and Wayne counties recorded a rate of 8.4 percent in June. Hamilton County was at 7.2 percent unemployment in May; Wayne county was at 7.6 percent unemployment in May. Hamilton County unemployment was recorded at 8.3 percent in June 2011, while Wayne County had an 8.6 percent unemployment rate a year ago.

White County reported a rate of 8 percent unemployment in June, compared to 7.2 percent in May; a year ago, the rate was slightly higher, coming in at 8.3 percent.

The lowest rate in the area was in Washington County, which boasted a 6.6 unemployment rate in June, up from 5.9 percent in May. A year ago, Washington County reported unemployment at 7.5 percent.

The lowest unemployment rate for June in Illinois was in Adams County, which had a 6.4 unemployment rate.

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