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1/3/2014 3:30:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
County unemployment up
SPRINGFIELD - Unemployment rose in November in Lawrence County according to recent figures released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The November jobless rate was at 8.1 percent, up from 7.4 percent in October. It was the first time the unemployment rate has hit 8 percent or higher since July when it hit 8.5 percent. November's 8.1 was also higher than a year ago when the November jobless rate was at 7.6 percent.

According to IDES officials, Lawrence County's labor force was at 7,633 with 7,018 of those employed and 615 not working.

All of the area counties also showed an increase in unemployment over last month and most of the region had a jobless rate higher than Lawrence County.

In Crawford County, the jobless rate went up from 8.7 percent in October to 9.8 percent in November. In Richland County, unemployment was up from 9.2 percent to 9.5 percent. Clay County's unemployment rate went up from an even 10 percent to 10.7 percent.

Clark County was up from 8.6 percent to 9.6 percent while Cumberland County increased from 7.9 percent in October to 8.6 percent in November. Edwards County, where Albion is the county seat, went up from 8.1 percent to 8.4 percent.

Wabash County had the lowest of jobless rates in the area at 7.7 percent, up from 7.2 percent. Jasper County went up from 7.4 percent to 8.1.

The state's highest unemployment rate was in Franklin, where West Frankfort and Benton are the largest communities. The November jobless rate in Franklin County was 12.4 percent. Macon County, where Decatur is the largest city, was 12.2 percent.

Statewide, Illinois stayed the same at 8.3 percent, a light increase over the 8.2 percent of a year ago in November.

The National unemployment rate dropped from 7.0 percent in October to 6.6 percent in November. The jobless rate in the U.S. is down almost a percent from a year ago in November when it was 7.4 percent.


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