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10/29/2012 3:23:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Unemployment rate improves in county for second straight month
SPRINGFIELD - The unemployment rate in Lawrence County improved for the second month in a row according to statistics recently released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The state agency reported the September jobless rate at 7.9 percent for the county, an improvement from the 8.7 percent figure in August and the 8.9 percent rate in July.

Statistics show 7,700 people employed in Lawrence County, which has a workforce of 8,365. The 665 unemployed people in the county translates into the 7.9 jobless rate.

The September rate is not adjusted for seasonal employment.

During the first 10 months of 2012, the lowest unemployment rate for the county has been 7.3 percent in both April and May. The highest rate has been 9.7 percent in January.

A year ago in September, Lawrence County's unemployment rate was 8.5 percent.

Among area counties, only Edwards County, at 7.5, had a lower jobless rate than Lawrence. Edwards County improved from 8.1 percent.

In fact, all of the area southeastern Illinois counties improved in September from its August rate.

Clark County, where Marshall and Casey are the largest communities, went from 10.8 percent to 9.9 while Clay, with Flora as its largest town, went from 11.1 percent to 10.8.

Crawford County improved to 8.6 percent from 9.3 percent. Jasper went from 9.3 to 8.7, Richland 10.2 to 9.4 and Wabash from 9.4 percent to 8.4 percent.

Adams County, along the Mississippi River with Quincy as its largest city, took September honors with the lowest unemployment rate at 6.0 percent.

JoDaviess County and Woodford County were close behind at 6.1 percent.

Montgomery County had the highest unemployment rate in Illinois for September at 11.4 percent. Winnebago County, in northern Illinois, and Franklin County in southern Illinois and Hardin County, along the Ohio River in deep southern Illinois were closed behind at 11.2 percent.

The state's unemployment rate for September was 8.1 percent, an improvement from 8.9 percent in August and 9.8 percent from a year ago.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 7.6 percent , down from 8.2 percent in August and 8.8 percent from a year ago.


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