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Unemployment Down In Knox County For July

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 139

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the jobless rate has been reduced in Knox County.

Knox joined the rest of Illinois’ 102 counties in seeing a decrease in non-seasonally adjusted year-over-year unemployment. According to the report, Knox County saw 7.4-percent unemployment in July, down from last year’s rate of 8.7-percent.

This is the second consecutive month unemployment rates have fallen in every county.

Much like last month, Galesburg reported jobless figures slightly higher than Knox County as a whole with 7.9-percent unemployment.

IDES Director Jay Rowell says that the reduced figures show improvement, but “more still needs to be done.”

Knox County also saw a modest uptick in its labor force from the prior year.

Around the area Stark County reported 7.5-percent unemployment, Warren County saw 6.8-percent unemployment, Henderson 5.7, Henry 6.9, Hancock 7.7-percent unemployment, McDonough 8.3 and Mercer 6.2-percent.