Most area counties continue to have unemployment rates that are less than the state average of four and a half percent.
Linn County is the highest for this area with a rate of seven and a half percent.
Over 400 persons are on unemployment in Linn County as of the month of June – the latest month available Sullivan County comes in at six percent. Carroll County is at five point three percent. Others also above the state average for June include Caldwell and DeKalb at four point seven percent; Grundy county is four point six percent; and Mercer and Clinton Counties tie the state with a rate at four and a half.
Rates for other area counties include Chariton at four point four percent; Livingston, Harrison, and Gentry are four point one; Daviess and Putnam are three point nine; Worth County is three point eight percent.
While the Grundy County unemployment rate is up one-half of a percent from May, it’s still lower than the five percent noted in June of last year.
The current June rate of four point six percent is based on 233 persons on unemployment. That’s up by 22 from the number reported for May.
Grundy County’s civilian labor force is about five thousand.