The unemployment figures from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Economic Information and Analysis Division came out last week. In that report, Illinois saw their unemployment rate stay steady last month at 4.3-percent. The united states number stayed the same too, which is at 4.0-percent. In our area, the lowest is once again Washington County with a figure of 3.3-percent. Clinton County last month had an unemployment rate of 4.0-percent. The rest of our area went as followed, Randolph and Jackson counties 4.6-percent, Marion 5.1, St. Clair County 5.5, Jefferson 5.6, Perry 6.3 and Franklin was the highest in the area at 6.6-percent unemployed. Here were the top 5 in lowest unemployment in Illinois, it went Du Page 1st at 2.8, Washington and Kendall tied for 2nd at 3.3-percent, McHenry 4th at 3.5-percent, and Cook County was 5th lowest at 3.7-percent. The top 5 highest unemployment numbers goes as followed… 4th highest a tie between Stark and Union County at 7.9-percent, Hardin 3rd at 8.3, and 1st was a tie with Johnson and Pulaski Counties, with 8.5-percent being unemployed. In total, 45-percent of counties in Illinois have an unemployment rate under 5.4-percent.