Labor Force

March - 2017 Unemployment Rates


County March 2017 March 2016
Jefferson 5.4% 6.9%
Clinton 3.7% 5.2%
Franklin 7.6% 9.3%
Hamilton 5.1% 7.9%
Marion 5.5% 6.9%
Perry 6.0% 7.4%
Wayne 6.7% 9.0%
Washington 3.1% 4.2%
Williamson 5.5% 6.8%

Source – IDES – April 27th, 2017

March 2017 Illinois  Unemployment 4.9%

March 2017 U.S. Unemployment 4.5%

Source – bls.gov –April 27th, 2017


Average Household Income

City of Mt. Vernon: $56,704.
Jefferson County: $62,708.

Commute Population 15 and 30 miles


Distance 15 miles/ 15 minutes 30 miles/ 30 minutes


Total Percent Total Percent

Total Population 38,827 100 171,962 100

Male 19,841 .49 87,826 .49

Female 18,930 .51 85,408 51






Age Distribution 17 and under 8,445 .22 37,632 .22

18-24 3,336 0.8 14,671 .08

25-34 4,956 .12 21,311 .12

35-44 4,632 .13 19,883 .13

45-54 5,484 .15 24,888 .15

55-64 5,498 .08 24,011 .13

65-74 3,538 .08 16,632 .08

75-84 1,847 .05 9,217 .06

85 and over 1,035 .03 4,989 .03






Race White 33,865 .88 159,693 .92

Black 3,420 .08 8,464 .04

Native America 72 0.1 408 .01

Asian 313 0.1 956 .01

Hispanic 845 .01 3,196 .01
  Other
124 .01 440 .01






Household Income
$15,000 & under 2,150 (x) 9,514 (x)

$15,000-$24,499 1,802 (x) 8,833 (x)

$25,000-$34,499 1,773 (x) 8,368 (x)

$35,000-$49,999 2,211 (x) 10,302 (x)

$50,000-$74,999 2,909 (x) 12,947 (x)

$75,000-$99,999 1,819 (x) 8,507 (x)

$1000,000 or more 2,658 (x) 10,962 (x)