Not too hot, not too cold. But not, alas, just right.
The economy added a healthy 223,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department reported Thursday, but with other indicators showing wages flat and many Americans remaining on the sidelines, the overall economic picture for workers was not nearly as bright.
Although the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, the lowest in seven years, that was driven largely by an exodus from the work force, rather than more people finding jobs. Moreover, the strong payroll gains for April and May, which had led many analysts to conclude that the economy might finally be gaining momentum, were revised downward by 60,000 jobs.
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It has been a busy time at Workforce Services Division of Will County as a record number of job opportunities have been posted on WSD's job board.
"It's a very busy time right now," said Scott Kettman, Business Services/Special Projects Supervisor at WSD. "Which is an awesome thing for job seekers."
During the last full week in September, the agency's job board hit a record number of postings with the number of listings hovering around 250-plus. "Many postings need multiple people," Kettman said. "Some postings can mean 100 open positions.
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Tags: Employment, Jobs
Will County is improving on all fronts – including jobless rates, job growth and business investments.
That was the message from John Greuling, president and CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development, last week as he presented the nonprofit’s mid-year report to members of the Will County Board’s Executive Committee.
Experiencing an increase of 3.5 percent in job growth, Will County saw three times the increase Illinois did between June 2013 and June 2014, according to the CED report. Will also surpassed job growth in Cook and DuPage counties.
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Many people who have been out of work during the recession have given up looking because of the low quality of the jobs.
According to Pat Fera, Manager of Will County Workforce Investment Board, a new employment report from the US Labor department that shows a dramatic increase in jobs is the most encouraging news of the past year. As she perused the latest employment numbers, the Labor Department reported 217,000 workers were hired for new jobs in May, the largest increase in six months. Fera said, “We’re pleasantly optimistic.”
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