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September 17, 2019

8/6/2019 10:43:00 AM
State officals give new policies credit for jobs
Crawford, all surrounding counties' unemployment rates are down.
Crawford County unemployment was down again in June.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 4 percent of the county's work force was unemployed and actively seeking new jobs during the month.

This was down from 5.3 percent in June 2018 and 4.1 percent in May.

Clark County also posted a 4-percent jobless rate during June. This was down from 4.9 percent a year earlier but up from 3.8 percent the previous month.

Jasper and Lawrence counties posted similar statistics.

Jasper's June jobless rate was 3.9 percent, down from 4.9 percent in 2019 but up from 3.5 percent in May. Lawrence, at 4.9 percent, was down from 5.9 percent last year but up from 4.8 percent in May.

According to IDES, nonfarm payrolls increased 11,400 jobs over-the-month and the unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in June, down from 4.3 percent last year but up from 3.6 percent the prior month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Illinois payroll employment has shown variability since the beginning of the year, as have National payrolls. Average payroll employment growth in Illinois between April and June period, which provides a more stable measure of payroll employment change, was 10,700 jobs, with the largest gains in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services and government.

"Job growth remains strong in Illinois, and this administration looks forward to continuing to build on that growth with policies aimed at lifting up working families, "said Deputy Gov. Dan Hynes.

"With a balanced budget, a bipartisan capital plan investing in horizontal and vertical infrastructure, and legislation to raise wages and support small businesses, we are confident we are laying the groundwork for long term economic growth across Illinois," he said.

"The continued job growth Illinois is experiencing is a testament to Gov. [J.B.] Pritzker's commitment to spurring economic development across the state. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is creating and executing on strategies that will enable the state to maintain that growth by creating a strong workforce and strong business community." said DCEO Acting Director Erin Guthrie.

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by 79,200 jobs with the largest gains in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality and educational and health services. The industry sectors with over-the-year declines were information, construction and mining.

The number of unemployed workers decreased 2.7 percent from May to 277,400 and was up .5 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force was up .1 percentage point over-the-month and .4 percentage point over-the-year.

Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in June in all 14 Illinois metropolitan areas.

"Job growth is reaching all corners of Illinois and this administration is acting boldly to build upon that momentum," Hynes said.

"On the strength of a bipartisan budget and capital bill, Illinois is once again investing in its roads, bridges, and universities to create an economy that supports working families," he added.

Illinois businesses added jobs in 11 metro areas, with the largest percentage increases in Carbondale-Marion, Lake-Kenosha and Peoria. The Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights metro division was up 1.7 percent.

The metro areas showing decreases in total nonfarm jobs were Danville, the Illinois section of the St. Louis metro area and Kankakee.

The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas included professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, mining and construction, manufacturing, education and health services and government.

Across the Wabash River in Indiana, Vigo County reported a 4.2-percent jobless rate in June. This was down from 4.7 percent last year but up from 3.7 percent in May.

Sullivan County was at 4.1 percent, down from 5 percent in 2018 but up from 3.8 percent a month earlier. Knox County's rate was 3.2 percent, down from 3.7 percent last year but up from 2.8 percent in May.

Statewide, the Indiana rate was 3.3 percent. This was down from 3.6 percent for both June 2018 and May.

Nationally, the jobless rate in June was 3.8 percent. This was down from 4 percent in 2018 and 4.4 percent in May.

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