Tri States Public Radio Staff
Sat July 18, 2009
Unemployment Up In Illinois, Iowa, & Missouri
Macomb, IL – Unemployment rates in the Tri-State region are at their highest levels in several decades.
Illinois' seasonally-adjusted statewide rate for June is 10.3%, which is an increase of 0.2% over May's numbers. Department of Employment Security Director Maureen O'Donnell says, "while the June unemployment figure has again increased, this number represents a slower pace of job loss for the third consecutive month."
The total number of unemployed people reached 683,300 in June, the highest total since November 2983. Illinois lost near 14,000 non-farming jobs last month.
Iowa's seasonally-adjusted statewide rate for June is 6.2%, up from 5.7% in May of 2009. The state's unemployment rate is up more than 2 points, compared to the same time one year ago.
Iowa Workforce Development Director Elisabeth Buck says "Iowa followed the national trend in June with its steepest job cuts occurring in construction, manufacturing, and professional and business services.
104,000 Iowa residents were unemployed in June, the highest level since February 1986. That is an increase of about 10,000 over May of 2009.
Iowa lost about 3,400 non-farming jobs in June.
Missouri's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate jumped three-tenths of a point to 9.3% in June. That is just two-tenths of a point below the national unemployment rate of 9.5%.
There were nearly 280,000 unemployed Missourians in June. The state lost about 7,400 non-farming jobs last month.