County Jobless Rate Up in January from One Year Earlier

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Published on March 14 2013 7:54 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 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.