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Declining unemployment rates mean more, better-paying jobs

More than 6,800 new jobs have been added in Will County since last year according to recent statistics. This is a good indication that the employment climate continues to improve.

“These statistics show there are a lot of employment opportunities in our county,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh. “It is always good when people are going back to work.”

The unemployment rate has dropped nearly a half percent since this time last year. The April 2012 unemployment rate in Will County was 9.4 percent. There has been a definite upswing in the number of available jobs in the skilled and professional sector. Since March 2011, there were 500 jobs added in the healthcare practitioner and technology fields, including registered nurses and therapists. The average hourly wage for these positions is $33.44. In addition, 400 new management positions with an average hourly wage of $35.65 were available.

“This is an encouraging sign the economy is improving especially here in Will County,” Walsh said. “Some of these fields have seen an increase of four percent or more in the number of available jobs.”

Nearly 600 new jobs were added in business and financial operations in 2012 in Will County, which reflects a four percent increase over the previous year, paying an average hourly wage of $27.59.

“I want to remind our Will County residents that the Workforce Services Division of Will County is available to help anyone who is looking for a job,” said Walsh.

For more information about Workforce Services Division of Will County, visit the website www.jobs4people.org.

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