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|Galesburg Unemployment Climbs Again
|Local unemployment continues to rise, while a few nearby counties saw the opposite happen last month.
The monthly report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security says the city of Galesburg's unemployment rate climbed to 8.2 percent in August, an increase of 8-tenths of a percent compared to July. The city's rate is 2.4 percent higher than August of last year.
The state says the Galesburg area's unemployment rate last month was 7.2 percent, 3-tenths of a percent above the previous month's rate. The unemployment rate increase last month is 1.8 percent higher than the rate in August of 2007.
State officials are blaming the national economy for the higher unemployment rates.
Knox and Fulton counties saw their unemployment rates increase between July and August. Knox County's rate checked in at 7.5 percent. 6-tenths higher than July. The rate in Fulton County climbed from 7.3 to 7.5 percent over the same time period. Compared to August of 2007, Knox County's rate last month was 2 percentage points higher, and Fulton County's unemployment has gone up 1.7 percent.
Three area counties, however, experienced lower unemployment between July and August Warren, Henderson and Henry counties. The highest rate is the 8.5 percent in Henderson, which is actually a decline of 6-tenths of a percent. Warren County's rate of 6.5 percent is down 2-tenths, and the 6.4 percent rate in Henry County is lower by a tenth of a percent.
August was simply a bad month overall for the state. All 12 of Illinois' metropolitan areas last month posted over-the-year increases in unemployment.
|09 27 08 by Newsroom
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