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Marion County Unemployment Rate Decreases Slightly for October

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

Unemployment in Marion County dropped slightly for the month of October.  The State Department of Employment Security reports the county unemployment rate was at 10.7-percent, down 0.1-percent from 10.8-percent in September, and down from 11-percent a year ago.  

Marion County has the highest unemployment rate in the region and one of the highest in the state.  1,960 people were unemployed in the county in October, unchanged from September.  16,330 people were employed in the county in October, up from 16,180 in September.

Labor Market Specialist Dennis Hoffman says Marion County and the south central Illinois region have seen improvements in their unemployment rates over the last year.  “There's been some gradual growth in transportation and professional business services, health care services.  Of course in October there's the annual hiring of temporary and part-time workers at retailers and restaurants for the busy holiday season that comes up”, said Hoffman.  

Washington County had the lowest rate with 6.6-percent, down from 7.3-percent a year ago.  Clinton County has 6.8-percent, down from 7.8-percent.  Wayne County had 7.5-percent, down from 8.6-percent a year ago.  Jefferson County had 8.2-percent, down from 8.9-percent a year ago.  Fayette County had 9.5-percent, down from ten-percent a year ago.  Clay County had 10.3-percent, down from 11.5-percent a year ago.  

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