County Jobless Rate Slightly Higher in July


Published on August 23 2012 4:23 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The Effingham County unemployment rate for July was slightly higher than the rate one year earlier.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported a 7.4% jobless rate for the county in July, compared to 7.3% on July 2011.

Labor Market Economist Dennis Hoffman of IDES said labor market conditions were stable in the summer months throughout south central Illinois.  Unemployment declined in 11 of the 18 counties in the region from one year earlier.

Employment gains were reported in transportation and warehousing, retail trade, and professional and business services.  Expansions at medical facilities caused payrolls to increase in health care services.  Substantial construction projects continued on health care buildings, schools and roads this summer.

As far as area counties, Cumberland County's 10.4% jobless rate was the same as one year earlier, Shelby County's 9.3% rate is down from 9.5% one year ago, Clay County's 11.4% rate is better than 11.6% one year earlier, Fayette County's 10.4% is slightly better than 11.5% one year ago, and Jasper County's 8.7% rate is up from 8.5% one year earlier.