IDES: Unemployment up in Southern IL; poor weather partly to blame | News
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.
The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and seeking employment. A person who exhausts benefits, or is ineligible, still will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.
Illinois has added +218,500 private sector jobs since January 2010 when job growth returned to Illinois following nearly two years of monthly declines. State data is seasonally adjusted. Since January 2010, leading growth sectors in Illinois are Professional and Business Services (+89,300); Educational and Health Services (+57,800) and Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+37,000). Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down -26,500.