Vermilion County’s unemployment rate stood at 10.9 percent in June, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. It was 8.5 percent during the same month in 2008.

Unemployment rates in all of the state’s metro areas — one of which is Vermilion County, including Danville — increased in June, according to IDES officials. The latest numbers were released Thursday.

The Rockford area continues to post the state’s highest jobless rate at 14 percent. The rate was 8.7 percent in June 2008. The state estimates the Rockford region lost almost 6,000 jobs during the past year.

Unemployment rates for other metropolitan statistical areas, and their rates in June 2008, include: Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, 11.3 percent, 6.9 percent; Decatur, 11.3 percent, 7.7 percent; Kankakee-Bradley, 11.1 percent; 8.4 percent; Peoria, 9.6 percent, 5.8 percent; Lake-Kenosha, 9.2 percent, 6.3 percent; St. Louis (Illinois section), 9 percent, 7.2 percent; Champaign-Urbana, 7.8 percent, 6.4 percent; Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, 7.6 percent, 5.2 percent; Springfield, 6.9 percent, 6.2 percent; and Bloomington-Normal, 6.7 percent, 5.5 percent.

The largest employment declines in the Danville metropolitan statistical area were in manufacturing and government, according to the IDES. Jobs were added in transportation and warehousing.

Vermilion County has lost an estimated 900 jobs during the past year.

June’s 10.9 percent rate was an increase from May’s 10.1 percent mark. The county recorded its highest unemployment rate in February at 11.1 percent. The lowest rate so far in 2009 was April’s 9.7 percent.

In June, IDES estimated the county had 37,510 people in the work force, with 4,084 without a job.

Danville’s jobless rate was 12.2 percent in June, up from 9.7 percent in June 2008. IDES said the city had 13,536 in its work force, with 1,654 out of work. June was the city’s highest unemployment rate so far in 2009. Its lowest point was 10.9 percent in January when it had a work force of 13,555 people and 1,457 out of work.

Champaign County’s jobless rate was 7.7 percent in June, with Champaign at 7.4 percent and Urbana at 7.8 percent. The county stood at 6.5 percent in June 2008.

Jobless rates for June in other nearby counties are: Edgar, 9.6 percent; Ford, 8.8 percent; and Iroquois, 8.6 percent.

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