Employment Improves

Unemployment declined in all 18 counties in South Central Illinois when compared with one year ago. The data is not seasonally adjusted.

Construction activity on roads, schools and commercial projects continued on a significant pace. Payroll gains occurred in Retail Trade, Wholesale Trade and Transportation. In addition, employment remained at high levels in Health Services and Leisure hospitality.
Several area manufacturers have added production workers in 2014.

Numerous employment opportunities in the fall of 2014 were available in Healthcare, Transportation and Sales. Job openings also were reported in Office and Administrative Support and Production occupations. Advertisements for employment included jobs in Business and Finance, Management, Computer Services and Food Preparation. There also were a number of job openings for Installation, Maintenance and Repair occupations.

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.

Of the local counties, Marion showed the 2nd best unemployment decline, from an unemployment rate of 11% to 8.2% for an decline of 2.8%. Fayette’s improvement was slightly better at 7.3%, down from 10.2%, a drop of 2.9%). Clay County’s rate declined 2.7% to 8.6%, Jefferson County 2.3% to 6.4%, Effingham 1.6% to 5.4% and Clinton 1.5% to 4.9%.

The study is from Sept. 2013 to Sept. 2014.

Spaces Available for Upcoming Concealed carry class

There are still spots available in the concealed carry class on Nov. 2/3.  If you are interested or know anyone who is contact us and we will get you, or them registered.

Greg

TTFI
9272 Shanghai Rd.
Kinmundy, IL 62854

twotroopsfirearmsinst@gmail.com

Halloween Events

 

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Brenda Wilson is Retiring

YOU ARE INVITED…………….Brenda Wilson, Administrative Assistant at the Salem Chamber of Commerce will be retiring on October 24th.  There will be an Open House from 3 pm to 6 pm at the Marion County Savings Bank Annex.  Brenda has done an outstanding job for the last six years and the Board of Directors invite you to stop in and wish her many years of happy retirementYOU ARE INVITED.....................</p>
<p>Brenda Wilson, Administrative Assistant at the Salem Chamber of Commerce will be retiring on October 24th.   There will be an Open House from 3 pm to 6 pm at the Marion County Savings Bank Annex.</p>
<p>Brenda has done an outstanding job for the last six years and the Board of Directors invite you to stop in and wish her many years of happy retirement.</p>
<p>Brenda is shown in the photo below with Brian Gansauer, President-Elect of the Chamber.

Library’s Halloween Contest

October Monthly Chamber Luncheon Speakers

SALEM CHAMBER LUNCHEON………………………..
Jed Casburn, representative of YMCA Southwest Illinois was the guest speaker at the October Chamber Luncheon. Casburn provided an interesting report of the efforts to provide new programs and activities for Salem area youth. Casburn noted that it has taken time to get the word out as to the variety of interesting programs now available but can now see the growth taking place. Flag football is an example of growth, last year 55 participated… in the program. This year cheerleading was added and the number of participants jumped to 90. Some of the activities included boys and girls volleyball, Karate, a trip to Busch Stadium, visits to the Salem Aquatics Center and a number of special programs at the Salem High School. Based on the increase in interest, Casburn expects each program and each year will see continued growth. He also commended the community on the support received and the number of volunteers involved.

The Luncheon’s second speaker was Brad Decker of Brad J. Decker, CPA. Decker is a Salem native but started his career in accounting in Panama City, Florida, working for several large accounting firms. He returned to Salem and was a member of the Salem Business Center staff. In 2005, he became a Certified Public Accountant and opened his own office on west McMackin Street. He has since relocated to 120 S. Delmar Ave. Suite C.
Brad J. Decker, CPA provides Accounting, Bookkeeping, Tax Preparation and Payroll, Income, Sales, State, Trust and Corporate Tax Services.
Please call 618-548-7773 or e-mail brad@brad-decker.com for information on additional services

Superior Fire Protection offer…

Elks Ribbon Cutting

Celebrating renovation – In the company of fellow Salem Elks and Chamber members, Bob Lafenhagen prepares to cut the ribbon at Thursday afternoon’s ribbon cutting in celebration of the newly renovated parking lot at the Salem Elks Lodge.

Invaders Celebration

Ace Auto Sales & Detailing

ACE AUTO SALES AND DETAILING HAS MOVED…………

They are now located just north of the Laundromat and Mobile Home Park on south Route 37. They are just getting moved in but stop in and see their new facility.

Nice used cars and outstanding detailing.