June unemployment rates drop for area counties

Illinois Department of Employment Security released unemployment numbers for each county in Illinois. 

Based on the report, the unemployment rate in Knox County went from 5.5% in June of 2016, to 5% for 2017.

Warren County saw the biggest unemployment rate drop for the area with 4.6% for this year, down from 5.3% for June of last year. Warren County also added the least amount of jobs – 86 with the exception of Stark County which added zero.

Fulton and Henry Counties each saw a half a percentage point drop compared to last year. Henry County sits at 5.1% for June 2017 compared to 5.6% in 2016. Fulton sits at 6.6% 10th highest unemployment rate in the state – down from 7.1% a year ago. Fulton County lost the most jobs at 205 – Knox county added the most jobs with 93. In June, Henry County had 144 leave the labor force – the most in the area.

Stark County added and lost the least amount of jobs – zero – but also saw only 29 people leave the workforce.

For surrounding metropolitan areas, Peoria saw a seven-tenths percentage drop from 6.2 to 5.5% and The Quad Cities saw a nine-tenths percentage drop from 5.4% for June 2016 to 4.5% for June 2017.

For other metro areas of Illinois – Bloomington saw the largest drop in unemployment at 4.4% – nine tenths of a percentage drop from 5.3% last year.

Overall for the state, Illinois’ southern-most county Alexander has the highest unemployment rate – 9.8%. Brown County sits with the lowest unemployment rate for the state – 2.8%