Valorie Eversole Daily Union Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — Downsizing from Caterpillar in Decatur is one of the factors affecting unemployment figures in Shelby County from June, according to a state report released last week.
The unemployment figures for the county increased in June 1.1 percent over May’s figure, according to Illinois Department of Employment Security.
“There was a major decrease in jobs in Decatur - particularly Caterpillar,” said Shelbyville Job Center director Autumn Buus.
June’s unemployment for the county for not seasonally adjusted data is 8.9 percent. May’s figure was 7.8 percent. It was 9.0 percent for June 2012. 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.
In addition to the increase in unemployment locally, Decatur’s figure rose to 12.5 percent, up from the previous 10.9 percent.
“Decatur is primarily a factory town, so this is hurting their numbers, too.” Buus said.
Illinois’ unemployment rate is 9.8 percent for June; the national unemployment rate is 7.8 percent.
Unemployment decreased in eight of the 12 metro areas, according to IDES Jobs increased in five metro areas of the state and declined in seven. Industry sectors increasing in the most metros include educational and health services, financial activities, and leisure and hospitality.
“Consumer confidence must grow resilient to uncertain global and national news before monthly economic growth will consistently occur in all corners of our state,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “ However, we are encouraged by the continued job growth in our larger regions.”
“This is the time of year when seasonal work is wrapping up, but the harvest help will be picking up soon,” Buus said.
In spite of everything, Buus said that Shelbyville is doing exceptionally well lately.
“There are plenty of jobs; it’s just about finding the people who fit,” Buus said.
She noted that the job boards at the Job Center are full with positions open in the medical fields, office, field and management positions, schools, custodial, and retail. She welcome people to come in and check out the job boards for employment opportunities. There are also grants available for job training.
“We see a couple hundred new people every quarter which is an indication of people struggling. We average about 500 people per quarter which is high for a county of our size,” Buus said.
Buus said she is also looking for business people to join the voting board for the Job Center and help with looking for grant funding. Contact Buus at 774-5550