Marion County Unemployment at 10.8-percent, Unchanged from Last Year
Clay County is the only other area county above the 10-percent mark with 10.3% unemployment, a half-point decrease from last year's 10.8%. Fayette County posts a 9.4% rate, down from 10% a year ago. Clinton County's unemployment is at 7.1%, down from 7.4%. Jefferson County saw a drop from 8.6% to 7.9% in the last year. Washington County enjoys the lowest unemployment rate in the region with 6.5% unemployment. That number is a decrease from 7.2% a year ago.
State Department of Employment Security Officials say labor market conditions remained stable during the fall. Retailers and restaurants hired temporary and part-time workers for the holiday season. Over the year, employment gains were reported in transportation, wholesale trade and professional-business services. Medical facility expansions throughout the area continue to have a favorable impact on the workforce.
Seasonal layoffs began in construction in November 2012. Health care and sales related jobs had the largest number of job openings. Employment opportunities also were available in Transportation, Food Service, Computer Related Services, Office and Administrative Support, and Installation, Maintenance and Repair.
The department reports 174,600 private sector jobs have been added since January 2010 when job growth returned to Illinois following nearly two years of monthly declines. The state unemployment rate in November fell to 8.2-percent, down from the January 2010 high of 10.6-percent.
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