STERLING – Post-holiday jobless rates were up as expected in the Sauk Valley in January, according to statistics released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
The unemployment rates in Lee, Whiteside, Ogle, Carroll and Bureau counties all were higher in January than they were in December. In all but Ogle County, they were higher than they were in January 2012.
In Whiteside County the unemployment rate was 11.0 percent, up from 9.1 percent in December and up from 10.9 percent in January 2012.
In Lee County the jobless rate was 11.1 percent, up from 9.1 percent in December and up from 11.0 percent in January 2012.
In all five counties the number of unemployed increased from December to January. Unemployment rates often are higher in January than in December as temporary, holiday jobs are eliminated.
Lee County had 1,925 unemployed in January and 1,584 jobless the month before. Whiteside County had 3,184 unemployed in January and 2,621 jobless in December.
The labor forces, the numbers of people working or looking for work, increased over the month in Whiteside, Ogle and Bureau counties and decreased over the month in Lee and Carroll counties.
The statewide unemployment rate was similarly higher. The state’s rate was 10.1 percent, an increase from the 8.6 percent rate in December and up from the rate of 9.7 percent in January 2012.
But nationwide, the jobless rate improved over the year. The nationwide jobless rate was 8.5 percent in January, which was an increase from December’s rate of 7.6 percent, but down from January 2012’s rate of 8.8 percent.