Springfield’s jobless rate has risen a full percentage point since December.
Latest figures from the state of Illinois put February’s local jobless rate at 8.6%... up from 7.6% in December and 8.2% in January. The rate is still lower than February of 2013, when it stood at 8.9% locally.
The harsh winter weather may have taken a toll on employment… even though the city had slightly more payroll jobs last month than it did a year earlier. Springfield still has the second-lowest unemployment rate in the state… while Danville has now surpassed Decatur for the worst jobless rate.