NEWS

Mercer jobless rate is 5.1 percent

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

July unemployment in Mercer County stood at 5.1 percent, more than a percentage point lower than at the same time last year. Monthly unemployment number were released Aug. 27 by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

July was the seventeenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released by the IDES and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Rates also fell in all of Illinois’s 102 counties for the fifteenth time in the last sixteen months. Not seasonally adjusted data compares July 2015 with July 2014.

“The year-over-year statewide unemployment rate has declined from 7.3 percent to 5.9 percent and continues to fall in all metro areas,” IDES Director Jeff Mays said. “However, we are still concerned that the long-term unemployed are still having difficulty finding jobs while there were 205,700 on-line job postings by Illinois employers in July.”

Mercer County's jobless rate compared favorably to other area counties. Warren County's unemployment rate in July was 5.0 percent, with rates of 5.3 in Henderson County, 5.6 in Henry County and 5.8 percent in Rock Island County.