While unemployment numbers are still high, the Springfield area seems to be holding its own. More people are leaving the unemployment line as compared to last year. Greg Rivara with the Illinois Department Employment Security says there are some factors that explain the drop in the area unemployment rate.
“Schools returning from summer break helped push down unemployment rates across the state” Rivara says.
Rivara says he expects numbers could creep even lower as some businesses hire temporary workers for the holidays. The Springfield market showed among the largest drops of major cities in the state-from 7.8% to 7%.