Labor and Employment

South Central Illinois is blessed with an abundance of well-educated, skilled and trainable workers. A recently completed area workforce assessment identifies the South Central Illinois Growth Alliance labor shed as a total civilian labor force of approximately 180,510 people including residents from all or portions of Bond, Clinton, Fayette, Marion, and Washington Counties as well as eleven neighboring counties in South Central Illinois. The Pathfinders of Dallas, Texas, a site selection consultant to many of America’s largest corporations identified 29,800 workers as underemployed—those individuals who would take a better job if offered by a new or existing employer and who possess the skills, education, and experience to qualify them for a better job. Over 67% or 19,800 of these underemployed individuals have some college experience and can be readily trained to meet your needs.

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Available Workforce
Unemployed workers29,800
Unemployed persons seeking work (end of first quarter 2004)12,385
Persons not working / but contemplating re-entering workforce12,300
Total54,485
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Local Area Unemployment Statistics: LAUS
2004 YEAR TO DATE LAUS ESTIMATES FOR COUNTIES IN LABOR SHED
Not seasonally adjusted  
        LABOR    UNEMPLOYED
COUNTIES IN LABOR SHEDYEARMO#FORCEEMPLOYEDNUMBERRATE
BOND COUNTY20083882082066147.0
CLAY COUNTY20083681862965227.7
CLINTON COUNTY20083194431819312506.4
COLES COUNTY20083276322588417486.3
CUMBERLAND COUNTY20083576553344317.5
EFFINGHAM COUNTY20083185801750510755.8
FAYETTE COUNTY200831026794028658.4
JASPER COUNTY20083526149003616.9
JEFFERSON COUNTY20083208811950713746.6
MARION COUNTY20083186581701716418.8
MONTGOMERY COUNTY20083135761234412329.1
MOULTRIE COUNTY20083807076384325.4
RICHLAND COUNTY20083758070625186.8
SHELBY COUNTY2008311193104277666.8
WASHINGTON COUNTY20083834178105316.4
WAYNE COUNTY20083832777685596.7 
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