Unemployment figures from the month of November for the counties in Illinois have been released, and for the first time since March Effingham County is over 5%. Effingham County’s unemployment rate increased 5.1% after coming in at 4.5% in October.
The increase in Effingham was reflected at the state level as well. Illinois saw it’s first overall increase to the unemployment rate since July of last year. The state’s jobless rate finished November at 5.7%. The Illinois Department of Employment Security has said that increases to unemployment aren’t uncommon in the later months of the year as more people are often seeking work.
Looking around the area, nearby counties saw increases as well.
Clay County’s unemployment rate increased from 6.9% in October to 8% in November;
Coles County increased from 5.8% to 6.5%;
Fayette County increased from 6% to 7.4%;
Cumberland County increased from 4.9% to 5.7%;
Jasper County increased from 5.7% to 6.7%;
Marion County increased from 6.9% to 7.7%.