Unemployment Falls In Most Southern Illinois Counties For May

May saw a second month of across-the-board declines in metro jobless rates across Illinois. The largest single drop was in the Rockford area, where unemployment fell from 10.3 percent a year ago to 8.9 percent. Springfield and Bloomington-Normal have the lowest rates — 6 percent.

County May 2014 Rank May 2013 Rank
Alexander 9.9 1 10.4 6
Franklin 9.6 3 11.2 1
Gallatin 8.1 22 9.3 25
Hamilton 6.8 56 7.3 73
Hardin 9.8 2 11.2 1
Jackson 6.3 76 7.2 75
Jefferson 6.8 56 8 50
Johnson 8.4 18 10 15
Massac 7.5 33 7.9 55
Perry 9.2 7 10.7 3
Pope 9.5 4 9.2 28
Pulaski 9.2 7 10.5 4
Randolph 6.8 56 7.8 58
Saline 7.9 26 9.5 21
Union 9.4 5 10.3 8
Washington 5.3 99 6.1 98
White 6.6 66 7.4 71
Williamson 7.0 45 7.9 55
Illinois 7.5   9.2