Jobless Rates Increase in Nearly All Metro Areas

All but one of the state’s 14 metro areas saw unemployment rates rise in January, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The January jobs report also shows more people entered the workforce, which IDES Director Jeff Mays says is an indication many Illinoisans were unable to find employment.

“Though more people in Illinois entered the labor force, they were not able to find jobs,” Mays said in a news release. “With Illinois trailing the rest of the country in job creation, we need structural reforms to get more people back to work.” (Read the entire Kevin Hoffman article from Reboot Illinois here.) 

In the 107th District, the unemployment rates in January were:
Bond County 7.1%, Clinton County 6.2%, Effingham County 6.5%, Fayette County 8.8%, and Marion County 8.4%.