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.