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Area August unemployment numbers were released Thursday and most of central Illinois saw unemployment drop.

McLean County saw one of the areas lowest unemployment rates at 7.3%, which was a 0.4% drop from July.

Tazewell County's 7.6% was also one of the area lows, which was a 0.3% drop.

DeWitt County saw a slight drop in unemployment going from 8.2% to 8.1%.

Piatt County's unemployment was an even half-percent drop, going down to 8%.

Logan County also saw unemployment drop by a half percent, going to 8.4%.

Macon County had one of the state's highest unemployment rates at 11.4%. That was down from 11.6% in July.

Champaign County had an unemployment rate of 8.9%, down from 9.1% in July.

Sangamon County's unemployment came in at 7.9%, down from 8.2% in July.

Shelby County had a 9.4%, up from 9.3%.

The highest unemployment rate in the state was at 12.3% in Franklin, which was down from July.

The lowest unemployment rate was in Brown County at 5.1, unchanged from July.

The largest drop in unemployment went from 13.2% to 11.6% in Alexander County. A difference of 1.6-percent.

Because there were so few gains in unemployment, Jasper County saw a September increase of 0.6%, going from 8.7 to 9.3.

Illinois' overall September unemployment rate was 8.9, down from 9.3 in July. The national average was 8.2, down from 8.6 in July.

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