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Marion County's Unemployment Rate Now at 11.2%

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Unemployment increased slightly in Marion County December from the month earlier.  

Numbers released by the State Department of Employment Security Thursday put the rate at 11.2 percent.  That's up one-tenth of a percent from November, but down two-tenths of a percent from December a year ago.  

Job Service Analyst Dennis Hoffman says employment remains stable across South Central Illinois.  "Some employment growth 

in retail trade, leisure hospitality, transportation, health care and medical support occupations are always in demand," said Hoffman. "On the negative side, this time of year there are seasonal layoffs in construction and at some manufacturing plants."

Hoffman says the Marion County unemployment numbers for December translates into 15,260 employed and 1,940 unemployed.

Marion County's 11.2 percent unemployment rate is the 12th highest in the state and tied with Clay County for the highest in the region.  Washington County has the lowest rate in the area at 6.6-percent.  In Clinton County, the rate is 7.1-percent.  In Wayne County, 8.7-percent.  The rate in Jefferson County is 9.1 percent and in Fayette County 11-percent.  

The statewide unemployment rate is now at 8.2-percent.  

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