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|Galesburg Area Unemployment Falls in May
|May brought some good news to local job seekers: across the board drops in unemployment in the Galesburg area.
Figures from the state department of employment security show unemployment went down to 9.4 percent in the City of Galesburg between April and May. That's a decline of 1.5 percent. The rate in May of last year was 8.9 percent. Knox County's rate went from 10.1 to 8.7 percent. The number of people listed as unemployed in Knox County is down 352 compared to April.
Warren County's unemployment rate for May is the 6th lowest in the state at 6.9 percent (tied with Cass, Schuyler and McLean counties), down 1.5 percent from April and just 6-tenths of a percentage point higher than the rate from May of last year.
Neighboring counties also recorded lower unemployment. The rates ranged from 9-tenths lower in Henderson County to down 1.8 percent in Fulton County. Fulton County is the only area county with unemployment still above the 10 percent mark - at 10.4. The rate in May of 2009 was 9.8.
The state report shows three Illinois metropolitan areas had unemployment declines in May, snapping three straight years of over the year increases. They are Rockford, Peoria and the Illinois side of the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Rockford still has the highest unemployment rate among the 12 metros at 13.9 percent while Bloomington-Normal's 6.9 percent is the lowest.
IDES Director Maureen O'Donnell says improving state and metro data shows the state's local economies are stabilizing and moving to address the harm caused by a prolonged national recession.
The state's unemployment rate dropped 4-tenths in May to 10.8 percent.
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