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July 2017 Unemployment Data

August 07, 2017

By Timothy S. Sullivan, Ph.D.

The July US Employment Situation Summary was released last Friday, and it's an extremely good report. The best news for workers is that the national unemployment rate continues to be very low, dipping slightly to 4.3%. This is the 15th consecutive month that the US unemployment rate has been below 5%. Non-farm payrolls increased by a robust +209,000 jobs. May's figure was revised downward from +152,00 to +145,000, but this is still an upward revision from its original value of +138,000. June's original value of +222,000 was revised to +231,000.

While there's some variability among local unemployment rates, the June 2017 numbers (the latest available) continue to be quite low. Among Metro-East counties, Clinton and Monroe have the lowest unemployment rates (3.6%), while St. Clair County has the highest (5.4%). Jersey County's rate is 5.0%, and Madison County's rate is 5.1%.

Timothy S. Sullivan, Ph.D. is an Instructor in the Department of Economics & Finance and the Director of the Office of Regional Economic Analysis in the School of Business at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He can be reached at

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