In December Illinois saw its first increase to the unemployment rate since July 2014. The official unemployment rate came in at 5.9%, more than a full percentage point higher that the country’s figure of 4.8%.
While the state saw its first increase in over a year, the unemployment rate in most area counties improved from November to December.
In December Effingham County’s unemployment rate improved from 5.1% to 5.0%.
Looking at the rest of the area, Fayette County improved from 7.4% to 7.2%;
Coles County improved from 6.5% to 6.4%;
Clay County improved from 8% to 7.9%;
Crawford County improved from 6.4% to 6%;
Jasper County improved from 6.6% to 6.3%;
and Marion improved from 7.7% to 7.2%.
Cumberland County was the lone area county to see an increase, jumping from 5.7% in November to 6.1% in December. Shelby County also remained constant at 6.9%.