Area Counties Unemployment Rates Lower in August Than One Year Earlier


Published on September 26 2013 3:35 pm
Last Updated on September 26 2013 3:35 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Unemployment rates in area counties were lower in August than one year earlier.

The Effingham County jobless rate was 6.8%, compared to 7.1% in August 2012.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported that unemployment declined in 17 of 18 counties in south central Illinois compared to one year ago. 

Area counties and their numbers: Cumberland--9.1% in August 2013, 10% in August 2012...Shelby--8.5% in August 2013, 9.4% in August 2012...Clay--9.7% in August 2012, 11% in August 2012...Fayette--9.7% in August 2013, 11% in August 2012...Jasper--7.8% in August 2013, 9% in August 2012.

Preparations for the start of the school year and the return of students to the classroom began in mid-August.  Employment gains were reported in retail trade, wholesale trade, leisure and hospitality, and mining. 

Construction payrolls remained at a high level on road and commercial projects.  Health Care employment continued to increase.  Government payrolls remained on a steady downward trend.  End of summer employment opportunities were available in retail trade, leisure and hospitality, mining and transportation.  Gains in health care and medical support occupations continued to lead the way in 2013.  Job openings were also available in food services, sales, transportation, management, computer operations, engineering, production occupations and building and grounds maintenance.

The Illinois jobless rate in August was 9%, and the national rate was 7.3%.