Workforce conditions improved in March 2017 throughout South Central Illinois compared to one year ago. All eighteen counties reported a decline in unemployment. The data is not seasonally adjusted.
Washington County, which has some of the lowest unemployment in the state, saw a 1.1% decrease between March of 2016 and March of 2017, down from 4.2% to just 3.1%.
Favorable weather conditions boosted Construction activity. Employment in Business-Professional Services and Leisure-Hospitality increased in March 2017. Over the year, employment gains were reported in Manufacturing, Transportation and Health Services in South Central Illinois.
Numerous employment opportunities were available in Health Care, Sales, Transportation, and Office and Administrative Support in the spring of 2017. Many job openings were advertised in Management, Food Preparation, Engineering, and Production occupations. Workers were needed in Health Care Support, Finance, and Installation, Maintenance, and Repair.