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.
County Board calls last minute meeting
The Jefferson County Board has called a special meeting for 7:30 p.m. tonight in the county board room of the Jefferson County Courthouse.Continued ...
MVTHS to hold pre-bid meeting
Mt. Vernon Township High School is holding a pre-bid meeting at 10 a.m. today at the MVTHS auditorium regarding the upcoming rebidding of the new school's construction.Continued ...
Alleged arsonist pleads innocent
MT. VERNON — A Mt. Vernon man being held on arson charges pleaded not guilty in court on Tuesday.Alec K. McLaughlin, 21, of the 1000 block of South 22nd Street, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and proceeded to arraignment before Judge EricContinued ...
Deer hunting changes released
MT. VERNON — Jefferson County has been removed from the 2014-15 late-winter antlerless-only deer hunting season.“Solid science is the basis of our deer program,” said Marc Miller, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. “These changContinued ...
Bridge letting Aug. 1
MT. VERNON — When the Panzier Lane bridge collapsed in September 2013, Highway Engineer Brandon Simmons said it would take about a year for repairs to begin.After the Highway Committee approved the federal engineering agreement for the bridge to be rContinued ...
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