Not seasonally adjusted: U. S. 4.5% Illinois 5.2% Seasonally adjusted: U. S. 4.4% Illinois 5.0%
White County 5.0%, Hamilton 4.9%, Gallatin 5.5%, Saline 7.0%, Franklin 6.5%, Jefferson 5.8%, Wayne 6.2%, Edwards 4.4% Wabash 5.4% Richland 4.9%
Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in August in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas and all but one county, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Data also show nonfarm jobs increased in twelve of the metropolitan areas and decreased in two.
“More areas showed job gains in August, but the pace of growth is not where we would like it to be,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “While it is encouraging that unemployment rates declined from last year, most areas in Illinois are still higher than the national average.”