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|November Brings Decline in Local Unemployment
|Knox County and the City of Galesburg saw their unemployment rates fall last month.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security's monthly jobless report shows Galesburg's rate dropped 8-tenths of a percent between October and November to 10.7 percent. The rate in Knox County went down one-half of a point to 10.5 percent. Warren County's rate increased, but not by much, just one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.4 percent. Those percentages are part of the Galesburg area's 9.9 percent unemployment rate, which is 3.4 percent higher than it was in November of last year.
The IDES says the Galesburg area is down 175 non-farm payroll jobs in the past 12 months. The biggest losses occurred in the construction and manufacturing sectors. Government employment went up, which helped alleviate some of the sting.
Fulton County has the highest unemployment rate in the area, 12.5 percent, which is actually down 8-tenths from October. Henry County's 9.2 percent jobless rate reflects a decline of 3-tenths. Henderson County's rate went up 1.3 percent in the past month to 9.2 percent.
Unemployment is up significantly across the board compared to November of 2008. The increases range from 2.2 percent in Henderson County to 5.4 in Fulton.
IDES Director Maureen O'Donnell says it's not unusual to see unemployment rates hold fairly steady, especially during prolonged national unemployment, before pressures ease and rates begin to go down.
The county with the highest unemployment rate is Winnebego at 15.5 percent. The Rockford metropolitan area isn't much better with 15.4 percent unemployment.
The lowest unemployment rate in the state is Brown County's 4.6 percent. The Bloomington-Normal area's 7.6 percent rate is the lowest among the state's metropolitan areas.
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