Effingham had a better unemployment rate than both the state and the national average in July at 4.4%. That’s more than a full percentage better than Illinois’ 5.9% average and the national rate of 5.6%. As was the trend nationally and across the state though, there was a slight increase for July when compared to June, at which time Effingham County’s unemployment was 4.2%.
Even with that increase though, this July’s job figures are much better than they were in 2014 when 5.5% of the county was without a job.
Looking elsewhere around the area, most counties also saw minor increases to unemployment. Fayette County was the exception, holding steady at 5.6%.
Looking at other counties in the area, the unemployment rate increased by a range of .1% to .5% from June to July
Clay County Unemployment increased from6.1% to 6.6%;
Coles County increased from 6% to 6.1%;
Jasper County increased from 5.2% to 5.4%;
Cumberland County increased from 4.7% to 4.9%;
Shelby County increased from 5.4% to 5.8%;
Marion County increased from 6.1% to 6.6%.