Unemployment rates improving in Illinois

By Ryne Turke on October 26, 2015 at 4:21pm

Unemployment rates are down substantially from this time last year.

That’s the word from IDES spokesman Ron Payne, who has the over-the-year numbers for Morgan, Scott, Greene and Cass Counties.

“Morgan County was at 4.3, down from 5.4 last year. Scott County was down from 5.4 to 4.5.  Greene County was at 5.4 and down from 5.9 last year and Cass was at 5.0, which was down from 6.0,” says Payne.

“The total four-county area dropped one full percentage point from 5.6 to 4.6 for September of this year.”

Payne says unemployment is improving because of the “stable local employers in the area.” Payne adds that the training available to unemployed workers is matching up with the skills needed by employers.

Payne highlights the gains and losses in the four-county job market.

“We were up 275 jobs over the year with the biggest gainers being educational and health services, wholesale trade, professional business services, financial activities and retail trade. Those gains were offset by losses in government and the leisure and hospitality section.”

As the holiday season approaches, Payne expects retailers to be hiring more employees. Likewise, outdoor jobs could see a decrease with the cold weather rapidly approaching.