Unemployment fell in seven of Illinois’ 12 metro areas in July. But some of the increases were sharp and driven by manufacturing declines.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday that unemployment dropped in areas that included Champaign-Urbana, Springfield and the Metro East near St. Louis. The last of those three saw a steep drop, from 9.6 percent in July 2012 to 8.6 percent.
However, counties in southern Illinois experienced increases again with some of the highest rates in the state. The seasonally unadjusted numbers for Marion County went up from 11.2 percent to 11.9 leaving it again as one of the worst rates in the state.
Jefferson County went up from 9.0 percent to 9.4 percent, Washington went up to 7.6 percent from 6.6 with one of the highest increases in the state, but still the 10th lowest unemployment percentage rate in Illinois and Clinton County went up from 6.7 to 6.9 percent in July, one of the smallest increases in the state and the 6th lowest rate.
Illinois had the second-highest July unemployment rate in the country at 9.2 percent.