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.