At the end of August Effingham County had an unemployment rate of 4.2%, more than a full percentage better that the state’s 5.6% rate. That was also a slight improvement over July’s 4.3%. Over the last year Effingham County has had among the best unemployment rate’s in the state, and August’s figure was better than all but six counties across Illinois.
Looking elsewhere around the area, the area counties either saw minor improvements to their unemployment or stayed steady from July to August.
Clay County unemployment remained at 6.6%;
Coles County improved from 6% to 5.7%.
Jasper County remained at 5.4%;
Cumberland County improved from 4.9% to 4.8%;
Fayette County remained at 5.6%;
Shelby County saw the biggest improvement in the area, going from 5.9% to 5.4%;
Marion County improved from 6.6% to 6.4%.