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Number of Clark County residents employed dips slightly in September

Both Clark and Champaign Counties saw unemployment rates fall in September compared to August.

The unemployment rate rose from 5.3% to 5% in Clark County and from 4.7% to 4.3% in Champaign County.

The estimated number of Clark County’s residents employed between August and September increased from 58,900 to 58,700. The total number of employed residents and active jobseekers, the so-called active population, rose between these two months from 62,200 to 61,800.

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This is based on estimates and surveys used by the ODJFS.

Results were slightly different in Champaign County, as the number of employees in the area increased slightly and the number of employees remained unchanged.

The number of residents employed in Champaign County as of August was estimated to be 18,200. That number rose by 100 in September.

The number of people in employment in the district remained the same in August and September at 19,100.

While it is difficult to say what exactly is causing the monthly changes in the local workforce and employment numbers, employers have been clamoring to fill vacancies.

Reasons for lower labor force participation or employment during the pandemic can be a number of reasons, such as cases or pre-pandemic difficulties in attracting skilled workers in certain industries.

How that affects job seekers depends on the individual case, said Martycz.

Anyway, some employers are struggling to fill vacancies and many who left the local workforce last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic have yet to return, Martycz said.

She added that she didn’t see a lot of people coming back. However, that may change in the near future.

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There were 1,800 jobs in all industries within the Springfield city limits, according to the Clark County Department of Job & Family Services. Martycz said most of the Clark County’s job openings are in Springfield.

Clark County’s September workforce and employment numbers differ from those reported in the same month last year.

Between these two periods there was a decline in the labor force, with that number increasing from 62,600 to 61,800.

However, the number of residents employed in Clark County was lower as of September 2020 as that number was estimated at 58,200.

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