Unemployment rates increased in most counties in Southern Illinois compared to one year ago according to figures released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The data is not seasonally adjusted.
Poor weather conditions delayed construction activity as well as seasonal employment expansion in Retail Trade and Leisure-Hospitality. Government payrolls continued a steady downward trend. Employment gains were reported in Health Care Services, Financial Activities, Professional-Business Services, Transportation and Wholesale Trade.
Employment opportunities were available in Health Care and Medical Support, Sales, Food Service, Transportation, Office and Administrative Support, and Computer Operations. Job openings also were available in Business and Finance, Engineering, Production Occupations, and Building and Grounds Maintenance.