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County November unemployment statistics were released earlier this week by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, and for much of central Illinois, the news continues to be positive.

Piatt County unemployment statistics remains positive, as in November they came in at 5.5%, which is actually up from 5.4% in October, still though, the areas lowest unemployment rates.

McLean County also saw one of the areas lowest unemployment rates with a 5.6%-rate for November, down from 5.9% in October.

DeWitt County registered a 6% unemployment rate, just a tick down from October's 6.1%.

Champaign County unemployment for November came in at 5.9%, a half-percent from October.

Macon County continues to have one of the areas higher unemployment rates, at 7.9% in November, down from 8.2% in October. It is worth pointing out, unemployment in Macon County this time last year was 12.2%.

In Logan County, unemployment was 6.3%, down minimally from October (6.5%).

In Sangamon County, unemployment was 5.9%, a tick down from October. Tazewell County's unemployment was 6.3%.

Peoria County unemployment came in at 7.1%, down from 7.5% in October.

Brown County in western Illinois had the state's lowest unemployment rate, at 3% for November.

Franklin County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 9%.

The biggest gains in unemployment was in Calhoun County, where unemployment jumped over a percent. November came in at 7.4%, up from October's 6.3%.

And unemployment dropped almost a percent and a half in Mercer County, the state's biggest drop in unemployment, going from 7.3% in October to 5.9% in November.

Illinois unemployment was 6% while the national average is 5.5%.

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