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Illinois saw unemployment numbers jump almost a half-percent from June to July, while the US was steady at 9.3 according to the Illinois Department of Employment Services(IDES).

The unemployment rate reached double digits in Illinois hitting 10% exactly for the month of July, however, in July of 2010, unemployment in the state was 10.5%.

In DeWitt County, unemployment jumped a half percent, going from 7.6% to 8.1% from June to July. Last July, unemployment was 8.7%, down over a half-percent.

Piatt County had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the area, only seeing their unemployment rate jump 0.2%, from 7.3% to 7.5% and almost a full percent decrease in unemployment from last year, which was 8.4%.

From June to July, Macon County saw a 0.7% increase, going from 9.8% to 10.5%, but almost a full percentage and a half drop from last July, which then was 11.8%.

Logan County's unemployment went from 8% to 8.5%, up a half percent, but over the past year has dropped 1.1%, down from 9.6% in 2010.

McLean County saw unemployment go from 7% to 7.4%, one of  the lowest rates in the area. Over the past year, unemployment is down from 8.1%, a 0.7% drop from July of 2010.

In Illinois, Alexander County had the highest unemployment rate for July at 13.6%. The biggest jump in unemployment came from Massac County, who went up almost a percent and a half(1.4%). Only a handfull of Illinois counties saw their unemployment rates drop, the biggest rate drop by far was almost a full percent in Stark County, at 0.7%.

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