Unemployment Falls Across The State From Last Month

(SPRINGFIELD, IL) — Unemployment continued to decline in all 18 counties in South Central Illinois when compared to one year ago. The data is not seasonally adjusted. Employment gains were reported in Retail Trade, Professional-Business Services and Health Care in South Central Illinois. Payroll advances occurred in Leisure-hospitality and Transportation this spring. Construction activity increased as favorable weather conditions prevailed. Numerous employment opportunities in the first quarter 2015 were advertised in Healthcare and Transportation. Job openings also were reported in Office and Administrative Support, Sales, Management, and Production occupations. Employment opportunities included jobs in Computer Services, Engineering, and Installation, Maintenance, and Repair occupations. Jefferson County posted a 6.2% for March, down from 6.5% in February and down from 8.1% from March 2014. Marion County went from 7.1% to 6.7% over the last month after posting a 8.6% showing in March 2014 and Washington County had 4.3% over the past month, down a tenth of a percent. Hamilton County registered a 5.6% last month, Wayne County held steady at 6.9%. Clinton County was at 4.8%.