Mt. Vernon Register-News

May 23, 2014

Unemployment rates drop

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

---- — MT. VERNON — Unemployment in Jefferson County dropped for the third month in a row, coming in at 6.3 percent in April.

The county was at 9.4 percent unemployment in February, then dropped to 7.7 percent in March before dropping another 1.4 percent for April. The downward trend in unemployment locally mirrors the lower rates boasted by the state which has hit its lowest rate since 2008, falling to 7.9 percent.

“More people working is another sign that our economy is on the rebound,” said Jay Rowell, director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security. “As Illinois’ economy continues to gain momentum, April’s numbers reflect more people getting back to work and more employers adapting to the new national economy.”

National unemployment numbers for April came in at 6.3 percent — the same as the numbers in Jefferson County.

Jefferson County’s rate for April also reflects a drop from April 2013, when the rate was at 7.4 percent.

Other counties in the area also showed promising numbers, with the historically high unemployment county of Franklin coming in with a rate in the single digits for the first time in months, with 9.4 percent, down from 11.6 percent in March and 10.8 percent in April 2013.

Marion County, which has also been showing higher unemployment in the region, came in with a rate of 8.4 percent in April, down from 10.1 percent in March and 10 percent reported a year ago.

Hamilton County and Wayne County both came in with the same unemployment rates for the month at 6.8 percent. Hamilton county saw a decrease from 8.8 percent reported in March and from the 7.3 percent reported a year ago; Wayne County went from 8.7 percent in March and down from 7.3 percent in April 2013.