County Jobless Rate Up in January from One Year Earlier
Published on March 14 2013 3:54 pm
Last Updated on March 14 2013 3:54 pm
Written by Greg Sapp
The January unemployment rate for Effingham County was higher in January compared to one year earlier.
The January jobless rate was 9.1%, up from 8.3% in January 2012.
Area counties also saw higher jobless rates than one year earlier. Cumberland County was at 12.3%, slightly higher than 12% in January 2012; Shelby County was at 11.2%, up from 10.2% one year earlier; Clay County was at 12.9%, up from 12.1% in January 2012; Fayette County was at 12.7%, up from 12.1% one year earlier; and Jasper County was at 10.4%, up from 9.3% one year earlier.
Labor Market Economist Dennis Hoffman of the Illinois Department of Employment Security said mid-winter seasonal layoffs increased unemployment at the beginning of 2013 throughout south central Illinois.
Hoffman said retailers and restaurants reduced payrolls after the Christmas season. Weather-related layoffs pressured the construction and leisure/hospitality industries. Government payrolls remained on a steady downward trend. Employment in health services continued to expand. Payroll advances also were reported in professional/business services and finance. Numerous employment opportunities were available in health care and medical support, food services and sales. Job openings were also noted in transportation, management and production occupations.