Unemployment Numbers Rise Across Southern Illinois



The state Department of Employment Security says unemployment rates for December increased in most areas, including 16 of the 17 southernmost counties in Illinois. Massac County was the only county to see a decline from 

County - % (rank) Dec. 2013 : % (rank) Dec. 2012
Alexander - 10.8 (17) : 10.5 (13)
Franklin - 12.7 (1) : 12.0 (1)
Gallatin - 9.8 (31) : 8.8 (47)
Hamilton - 7.9 (76) : 8.4 (57)
Hardin - 11.5 (6) : 11.2 (7)
Jackson - 7.8 (78) : 7.3 (85)
Jefferson - 9.1 (41) : 8.5 (55)
Johnson - 10.7 (18) : 10.4 (16)
Massac - 8.3 (64) : 9.2 (36)
Perry - 12.0 (4) : 11.4 (6)
Pope - 10.6 (20) : 10.3 (19)
Pulaski - 10.4 (22) : 9.8 (24)
Randolph - 8.8 (48) : 8.2 (62)
Saline - 9.9 (29) : 9.5 (35)
Union - 11.5 (6) : 10.9 (8)
White - 8.2 (68) : 7.6 (77)
Williamson - 8.7 (51) : 8.3 (59)

The department reported Friday that unemployment fell only in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville and Davenport-Moline-Rock Island metro areas.

The department said earlier this month that statewide unemployment fell to 8.6 percent.

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