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Unemployment Down Year-to-Year in Knox County

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 180

Things are looking better around the state of Illinois as far as unemployment rates are concerned.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates fell in all 102 counties – the first time that has happened since February of 2011.

In Knox County, unemployment was reported at 7-percent; that’s almost two full percentage points lower than this period last year. That figure comes in along with a slightly larger workforce in the immediate area.

IDES Director Jay Rowell says the numbers continue to reflect “continued improvement in our economy.”

Galesburg, in specific, reported an unemployment rate of 7.4-percent and, like Knox County as a whole, is nearly 2-percentage points lower than this period last year.

Rowell discounted claims that a shrinking labor force in some areas are due exclusively to discouraged workers.

Warren County reported 6.3-percent unemployment; Stark 7.8; Henderson was the lowest in the area with 5.7-percent unemployment; Henry saw 6.1-percent; Hancock 7.4; and McDonough 7.8.