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Unemployment Increases In Local Area While State Touts Declines

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 155

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment is down year-to-year, but month-to-month, it’s a different story.

The state says 11 of 12 metropolitan areas in the state have seen yearly declines in the January unemployment rate, adding jobs in five of those areas year-to-year.

In Knox County, January’s unemployment rate sat at 9.4 percent — eight-tenths lower than January of 2013. But as compared to the month before, the rate is seven-tenths of a percent higher.

The county as a whole has almost 1,300 listed as jobless in January versus December, but the total labor force is down 3,000 in the same period.

In just the city of Galesburg, statistics indicate the January jobless rate is at 9.6 percent — four tenths of a percent higher than December, but four-tenths lower than January of last year.

The city has just over 1,300 people unemployed, up about 30 from the month before. But the number of people listed as employed dropped over three-hundred, as did the total labor force.

Other area counties saw substantial month-to-month non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increases. Fulton County’s went up a full percentage point to 11.7 percent, while Henderson County’s jumped from 7.4 percent, to 9.1 percent.