MT. VERNON — Unemployment in Jefferson County fell more than 2 percent from February to March.The March rate came in at 8.6 percent, down from 10.2 percent in February, and down slightly from March 2012, which was at 8.7 percent.Unemployment in every county surrounding Jefferson saw declines in the March unemployment rate. However, the rate in the state remained unchanged, coming in at 9.5 percent. "Illinois employers were expected to report fewer positions in March," said Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Jay Rowell. "Economic uncertainty nationally and abroad dampened our country's job growth. When that happens, Illinois' share tends to be a negative number. Monthly snapshots capture a moment in time. When those moments are evaluated together, we see progress away from a global recession and through a stubborn economic growth cycle marketed by volatile swings in monthly data here and across our country."The national unemployment rate in March was at 7.6 percent, down from 8.1 percent in February, and down from 8.4 percent posted a year ago.Two area counties are still seeing unemployment in the double-digits. Franklin County saw a 12.4 percent unemployment rate in March, down from 14.1 percent in February. The rate was higher than a year ago, when the county unemployment was at 11 percent.In Marion County, unemployment in March went to 11.7 percent, down from 13.5 percent posted in February, and up from the 10.8 percent rate of March 2012.Hamilton County had a 1 percent decrease in unemployment for March, which was at 8.9 percent, compared to 10.1 percent in February. The county was at 7.8 percent in March 2012.Wayne County unemployment was reported at 9.1 percent in March, down from 10.9 percent in Feburary, and up from 8.6 percent posted a year ago.The lowest rate for the area was in Washington County, which boasted a 7 percent unemployment rate, down from 8.3 percent in February, but up from 6.7 percent reported a year ago.
Nine people sent to prison
MT. VERNON -- Nine individuals were recently sentenced to prison in Jefferson County as a result of pleading guilty to various offenses. State's Attorney Doug Hoffman has released the following information on cases terminated with prison pleas. n GeoContinued ...
Lengthy sentence given
A Jefferson County man was sentenced to federal prison on crack cocaine charges, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced. Andre T. Davis of Mt. Vernon was sentenced to 13 ½ years in prison, four yContinued ...
Huntman to retire from JFPD
MT. VERNON -- Chief Michael Huntman will retire from the Jefferson Fire Protection District at the end of this month after serving more than 30 years with the department. Huntman, who has been chief for about 19 years, said he looks back fondly on hiContinued ...
National Day of Prayer on May 1
MT. VERNON -- Community members are being invited to join the Mt. Vernon Prayer Breakfast Committee for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 1. The service will start at noon on the east side of the Jefferson County Courthouse. "Weather permitContinued ...
Security system update OK'd
MT. VERNON -- Jefferson County's Public Safety Committee approved a bid of $113,610 to upgrade the security system at the Jefferson County Justice Center. The only bid received and accepted was from Security Automation Systems, based out of IndianapoContinued ...
- Chief Huntman to retire from JFPD
- County eyes fund transfer
- Arbor Day event set
- Palmer hires attorney
- Arbor Day Celebration set for Saturday
- MVTHS talks high gas bill
- Three hurtin ATV crash
- Park grant resolution approved
- City accepts park grant
- Kyle Price Ride set for April 26
- Nine people sent to prison