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Will County Unemployment Falls Again in September 2020
Will County’s unemployment rate continued to improve in August, falling to 9.7 percent from a peak of 17.4 percent in April. Overall, total unemployed persons in Will County has fallen from a peak of more than 60,000 in April to just over 33,000 in September. The State also showed improvement, falling to 9.8 percent, and the Chicago MSA’s unemployment rate fell to 10.5 percent in September.
September also saw improvement at the national level with growth of 661,000 jobs. The growth was entirely within the private sector, with leisure and hospitality leading the way, adding 318,000 jobs.
Retail trade and health care also picking up more than 100,000 jobs each in the month. Total public sector employment fell by more than 200,000 in September, with large losses in the education sector as employment in local government education and state government education fell by 231,000 and 49,000, respectively.
The job recovery at the state and national levels continues but has shown signs of moderating as employment gains remain positive but are not showing the major gains of past months.
The Will County Center for Economic Development (CED) will be hosting public meetings on Tuesday, November 14th in Joliet and Lockport to share information and invite community participation in the Will County Brownfields Program.
On behalf of the CED Board of Directors and staff, we are deeply saddened by the passing of CED Board Chair Ruth Colby.
The Will County CED has aligned with IMEC (Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center) and Joliet Junior College to present the first in a series of workshops aimed at supporting Will County manufacturers looking to grow, plan, improve, and lead.