|Unemployment is back on an upward trend in the area.
After months of declines, statistics supplied by the Illinois Department of Employment Security indicate Knox County's jobless average in December went up sharply to 8.5%, from a rate the month before of 7.8%.
In all of the county, almost 2,200 residents are listed as unemployed, up about 150 from the month prior.
In just the City of Galesburg, the jobless average went up four-tenths of a point to 8.6%. Over 1,200 are jobless in Galesburg according to the unemployment data, up about 30.
With a Warren County jobless average listed at an even 7% for December, up about four-tenths, that puts the the state's combined Galesburg-area Unemployment rate at 8.1% for December.
That rate is a tenth of a point lower than the year ago, which the state says is the 11th consecutive month the rate was equal to or below the year-ago level.
The December jobless rate is not seasonally adjusted.