Knox County unemployment did not improve in August

Knox County unemployment went up in August compared with July but at least it stayed in line with the state average.

Unemployment for August in Knox was 7 percent while Illinois as a whole was at 6.8 percent.

This is just slightly below what the average for the trailing 12 months has been.

While the labor force didn’t grow August at least held onto gains of about 500 rejoining the ranks of those employed or seeking jobs.

The second straight month that the labor force is over 21,000.

The Knox labor force has shrunk by about 5 percent over the last 3 years.

The rate for just the City of Galesburg stands at 7.6 percent.

Some neighbors are in better shape with Warren County at 5 percent and Fulton County at 6 percent.

The West Central portion of the state of Illinois still is sporting the lowest unemployment among the Economic Development Regions of Illinois.

The part that’s suffering the most? Still North and Northeastern Illinois including Chicagoland.

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