While unemployment remained steady for the state as a whole, numbers in Southern Illinois counties saw increases. According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the seasonally unadjusted numbers for Marion County went up from 10.8 to 11.3 percent; and Jefferson County went up from 7.9 percent to 8.6 percent.
Washington County unemployment went up to 6.8 percent from 6.5, but is still tied for the 6th lowest unemployment percentage in the state. Clinton County was the only one in the area to go down, but just slightly from 7.1 to 7.0 percent.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the state remained at 8.7 for the second month in a row, and the U.S. unemployment rate is at 7.8 percent for the month of December.