Area Counties See Improvement in Jobless Figures in August from One Year Earlier


Published on September 27 2012 2:52 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Effingham County saw some slight improvement in its unemployment rate for August when compared to one year earlier.

The August jobless rate of 7.1% compares to the 7.2% rate in August 2011.

Labor Market Economist Dennis Hoffman of the Illinois Department of Employment Security said employment gains were reported in transportation, in leisure and hospitality, and in professional and business services.  The start of the school year renewed education payrolls and students began leaving the labor market to return to the classroom in mid-August.  Significant construction projects continued on health care facilities, schools and roads.  Some of the major medical facility and school projects have recently been completed or are near completion.

Cumberland County's August unemployment rate of 10.2% is better than the 10.4% rate of one year earlier...Shelby County's 9.4% rate is better than 9.9% one year earlier...Clay County's rate of 11.1% is the same as one year earlier...Fayette County's August rate of 10.6% is slightly better than 10.7% one year earlier...and Jasper County's rate of 9.3% is up from 8.6% one year earlier.