Unemployment in Crawford County dipped in September.
According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 4.6 percent of the county's work force was unemployed and actively seeking jobs during the month. This was down from 5 percent last year and 5.4 percent in August.
In fact, most area counties reported improved jobless statistics in September. Lawrence County, for example, posted a 4.9-percent rate. This was down from 5.2 percent in September 2017 and 5.9 percent in August.
Jasper County's jobless rate was 4.3 percent, up slightly from the 4.2-percent rate posted last year, but down from 5.1 percent during the previous month.
Clark County reported a similar situation. The September jobless rate was 4.2 percent, up from 4.1 percent a year earlier, but down from 4.8 percent in August.
The Illinois unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in September, down from 4.6 percent last year and 4.8 percent in August.
Meanwhile, nonfarm payrolls increased by 2,800 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Job growth was flat during the third quarter, posting an average monthly loss of 100 jobs, significantly less than the prior quarter average monthly gain of 9,200 jobs. For the year to date, average monthly gains of 4,900 per month, 900 more jobs per month than a year ago.
"Nonfarm payrolls were up over-the-month led by gains in education and health services and manufacturing, and jobs were also up over 50,000 from a year ago, "said IDES Director Jeff Mays. "Illinois' unemployment rate at 4.1 percent in September again matched the record low for the state."
"Over the last year, Illinois has experienced a steady decrease in unemployment," said Illinois Department of Commerce Acting Director Leslie Munger.
In September, the three industry sectors with the largest over-the-month gains in employment were education and health services, manufacturing and construction. The industry sectors with the largest payroll declines were professional and business services, other services and trade, transportation and utilities.
The state's unemployment rate is .4 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for September 2018, which declined to 3.7 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down .9 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5 percent. Before last month, the Illinois jobless rate last stood at 4.1 percent in February 1999.
The number of unemployed workers decreased .7 percent from the prior month to 266,800, down 17.1 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force was about unchanged over-the-month but declined .3 percent over-the-year.
In Indiana, the unemployment rate was 3 percent. This was down from 3.6 percent in 2017 and 3.7 percent a month earlier.
Vigo County reported an unemployment rate of 4 percent. This was down from 4.2 percent in 2017 and 4.8 percent in August.
Sullivan County's jobless rate was 4.1 percent, unchanged from August, but down from 5.2 percent a month before.
Knox County, at 2.8 percent, was down from 3.4 percent in 2017 and 3.7 percent in August.