Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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October 26, 2012

Most area unemployment rates lower than 2011

LOUISVILLE — Unemployment throughout the Effingham Daily News circulation area continues to show a downward trend from this time last year, according to statistics released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

    Six of the seven area counties showed decreases in the September unemployment rate from September 2011, with only Jasper County showing a modest increase.

    The decrease was most dramatic in Cumberland County, where the jobless rate dropped from 10 percent last September to 8.2 percent one year later.

    Labor market economist Dennis Hoffman said employment gains throughout the area were reported in the transportation, health care services and professional-business services sectors. Hoffman added that education payrolls increased with the start of a new school year. Moreover, he said, construction of health care facilities, schools and roads continued through September.

    Hoffman said there continue to be a number of job opportunities in the area.

    "Employment opportunities in health care and medical support occupations continue to lead the way," he said. "Jobs are also available in transportation, sales, food service, office and administrative support, installation, maintenance and repair."

    Effingham County continued to record the lowest unemployment rate among area counties with 6.7 percent, a modest improvement over last year's 7 percent. Here are rates for other area counties:

    Shelby, 8.6 percent this September, down from 9.4 percent last September; Clay, 10.8 percent, down from 11.2 percent; Fayette, 9.8 percent, down from 10.1 percent; Jasper, 8.7 percent, up from 8.3 percent; and Marion, 10.8 percent, down from 11 percent.

    Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, or at bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com.

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