Washington County is Lowest in Unemployment in Illinois

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 drop to 3.6-percent, down from 4-percent in April.  The united states number was at 3.4-percent.  In our area, the lowest is once again Washington County with a figure of 2.1-percent.  All counties also dropped from April, with Clinton at 2.6-percent, Randolph 3.2, Jackson 3.4, St. Clair 3.9-percent, Marion 4.1, Jefferson 4.1 and Franklin County at 4.7-percent.  Washington and Clinton Counties are again ranked in the top 5 with the lowest unemployment figures in the state.  Washington County takes the top spot as the lowest in unemployment at 2.1-percent, with Brown county 2nd at 2.2-percent, 3rd Clinton at 2.6-percent, then a tie for 4th between Cumberland, Du Page and Jo Daviess counties at 2.8-percent.  The top 5 highest unemployment numbers goes as followed… 5th highest a tied between Massac and Pope counties at 5.2-percent, 3rd a tie between Pulaski and Winnebago counties at 5.3-percent, 2nd Johnson at 5.4-percent, and the highest unemployment percent in Illinois is Hardin county, with 6.0-percent being unemployed.  In total, nearly 75-percent of Illinois counties have an unemployment under 4.1-percent.