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|Galesburg-Area Unemployment Up Again
|Another month, another modest rise in the unemployment rates in the Galesburg and the surrounding area.
July unemployment numbers from the state show the city of Galesburg's rate between June and July increased one-tenth of a percent to 7.5. The Galesburg area, which includes Knox and Warren counties, also had a one-tenth of a percent hike in unemployment to 6.9 percent. Individually, Warren County's rate climbed one-half of a percentage point to 6.7, while Knox County unemployment bucked the trend by dropping one-tenth to 6.9 percent.
The local jobless numbers for July are up between 1.5 and 1.7 percent compared to the same month a year ago. State employment security officials say leisure-hospitality, trade, transportation and utilities were the industry sectors that had the largest employment losses from July of last year, when the rate was 5.3 percent.
The hardest hit county is Henderson, which continues efforts to recover from devastating flooding this summer. Unemployment grew to 9.1 percent in Henderson County last month, a 2.4 percent increase over June and 4.5 percent higher than July of 2007. Fulton County's unemployment rate inched up 2-tenths of a percent last month to 7.3, and Henry County's 6.5 percent rate in June was unchanged last month. Unemployment is up over 1.5 percent in both counties compared to numbers from the same period a year ago.
Statewide, officials report that all 12 of Illinois' metropolitan areas posted over-the-year unemployment rate increases, and seven of them recorded their highest rates for July since 1990. They blame national economic trends that are said to have fully impacted the Illinois labor market.
The state's unemployment rate rose to 7.3 percent in July.
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