Salem Elementary PTO Carnival needs donations

South Central Illinois Highlights

Unemployment declined in all 18 counties in South Central Illinois when compared with one year ago. The data is not seasonally adjusted.
Labor market conditions continued to improve through the end of 2014 in South Central Illinois. Employment levels for temporary and part-time workers at Retailers and Restaurants remained strong. Construction activity on roads, schools and commercial projects remained at a significant level. Payroll gains oc…curred in Wholesale Trade, Transportation, and Health Services. Several area manufacturers added production workers in 2014.
Many employment opportunities at the end of 2014 were advertised in Healthcare, Transportation and Sales. Job openings also were reported in Office and Administrative Support, Management, and Production occupations. Employment opportunities included jobs in Engineering, Computer Services and Food Preparation. Also, there were a number of job openings for Social Service positions and 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.
shown are
Effingham Area Dec. 2014..&..Dec. 2013
Clay County……………8.1% & 10.9%
Crawford County……. 6.8% & 10.3%
Effingham County….. 5.5% & 7.4%
Fayette County……….7.4% & 11.1%
Jasper County………..6.2% & 8.9%

Centralia – Mt. Vernon Area
Clinton County……….4.4% & 7.1%
Hamilton County…….6.4% & 7.9%
Jefferson County…… 5.8% & 9.0%
Marion County……….,7.9% & 11.4%
Washington County…4.1% & 6.5%
Wayne County………..6.5% & 8.6%

2015 Home Show is March 7th & 8th


Reservations are coming in for this year’s 33rd Annual Home Show on March 7 & 8th. If you have plans to have a booth, please contact the Chamber office very soon, we still have a couple of prime spots still available. Call 548-3010 or email We are planning on having a special cooking demonstration on Sunday by Nancy James of Schwartz Orchards

Nominations still needed for Honor Awards

DON’T FORGET….. To send your nomination for one of the yearly Honors awards. Here is a list of previous winners, the year and category.



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Womens Self Defense Class January 31st

YMCA offering 7 Week Self Defense Class

Steel Magnolias Coming to Salem Theater

American Obstacle Family Adventure Park joins Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome American Obstacle as a new member.

American Obstacle is an exciting family adventure park located on south Route 37 in Kinmundy. Lisa Clough is the contact person and can be reached at 217-690-3367.

Your day at the Park will begin with a 40 foot rock wall climb (or stairs) that will welcome you to the excitement of zip lining through the forest, the obstacle courses, rope courses and competitive programs which will also be available. Additional zip lines are presently under construction and will be available on opening day April 3rd. Following all the excitement above the ground is the opportunity for the additional fun of kayaking on the nearby lake.
By the time the activities end the whole family will already thinking about the next opportunity to return.

Don Beaty of Creative Design Joins the Salem Chamber of Commerce

Creative Design is a full service web design and internet marketing company that specialized in custom web design with a special talent in getting your website noticed on search engines.

Creative Designed is owned and operated by Don Beaty and located at 320 N. Indiana Ave. You may contact Don at 618-548-2959 or Website:

Ed Daniels Karate & Self-Defense joins the Salem Chamber of Commerce

Salem Chamber of Commerce welcomes Ed Daniels from Karate & Self Defense as a new member to the Chamber.

Ed & his staff provide Karate & Self-Defense classes on Mondays & Thursdays 6-7:15 p.m. Classes are available for all family members five years of age and older. You may contact Ed at 618-322-7084 or
Facility is located at 5075 US HWY 50 East.