Unemployment in Crawford County continued to creep upwards in July.
According to statistics provided by Illinois Department of Employment Security Job Market Analyst Dennis Hoffman, 9.7 percent of the county's workforce was unemployed and actively seeking new jobs during the month. This was up slightly from 9.2 percent in both July 2012 and June of this year.
Clark, Jasper and Lawrence counties were all down from 2012, but up from June. In Clark County, the rate was 10 percent. This was down from 10.4 percent last year, but up from 9.5 percent a month earlier.
The Jasper County jobless rate was 8.3 percent in July, down from 8.5 percent a year earlier, but up from 8.2 percent in June. Lawrence County posted an 8.5-percent rate. This was down from 8.9 percent last year, but up from 8.3 percent in June.
Unemployment fell in 11 of 18 counties in south-central Illinois compared to one year ago, Hoffman said.
"Modest employment growth prevailed in mid-summer," he explained. "Employment gains were reported in leisure/hospitality and mining. Construction payrolls remained at a high level on road and commercial projects. Health care employment continued to increase.
"Employment advances also were reported in professional/business services, wholesale trade and retail trade. Government payrolls continued on a steady downward trend," Hoffman added.
"Employment opportunities in health care and medical support occupations continued to lead the way," he said. "Job openings were available in food services, sales, transportation, management, computer operations, engineering, production occupations and building and grounds maintenance."
Meanwhile, in the Hoosier State, Vigo County posted a jobless rate of 10.7 percent in July. This was up from 10.5 percent in July 2012, but down from 11.2 percent in June.
Sullivan County's rate was 11 percent, down slightly from 11.1 percent a year ago and 11.9 percent the previous month. The Knox County rate was 7 percent, down from 7.2 percent in 2012 and 7.6 percent in June.
Statewide, Illinois unemployment averaged 9.6 percent in July. This was up from 9.3 percent a year before, but down slightly from 9.8 percent in June.
Indiana's statewide rate was 8.3 percent, unchanged from a year ago, but down from 8.7 percent in June.
Nationally, the jobless rate was 7.7 percent in July. This was down from 8.6 percent last year and 7.8 percent in June.