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|Galesburg Unemployment Eclipses 9%, State Says Capital Bill Would Help
|Unemployment numbers many people thought would hit in the area after the closures of the Galesburg Maytag and Butler Manufacturing plants, but never happened then, are happening now.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the unemployment figure for the entire Galesburg area in February -- combining numbers from throughout the Galesburg and Monmouth areas -- was 8.6% -- almost two points higher than this time a year ago. Knox County alone has risen to 9.2%; Warren County has gone up to only 7%; and in the City of Galesburg, that number is at 9.4%. That's a full one-percentage point higher than a month ago, and almost two and a half points higher than a year ago.
In the Galesburg area, the IDES says the good news is that in the one-year period, non-farm payroll jobs increased by 150, As a part of that retail trade jobs increased by 125, and government jobs increased by 100. The bad news, though, is that some of the figures were offset by construction employment being down by 150.
Other area counties are being hit much harder than this area with unemployment. Fulton County's jobless number, for instance, is up to 10.5% -- increasing over three-percent from February of 2008, and a point-and-a-half since last month.
Henderson County's unemployment rate is actually down slightly from last month, but still a very high number -- 11% versus 11.3% in January.
The highest unemployment rate in the state is Boone County at 16.4%, nearly steady from last month. They have 4,500 people without jobs.
The largest city unemployment rate in the state outside of Chicago is Rockford, where nearly 15%are out of work.
State employment officials say if lawmakers would pass a capital bill, that would be a big held toward putting people back to work.
|04 01 09 by Newsroom
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