CHAMPAIGN — The unemployment rate remains stubbornly high in many urban parts of central Illinois, according to statistics released Thursday by the state Department of Employment Security.
Five of the state's 12 metro areas saw unemployment rate increases in October from a year earlier. Those areas included Champaign-Urbana, Danville, Bloomington-Normal, Decatur and Peoria.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 316,000, a sign that workers are in less danger of being laid off.
The less volatile four-week average fell 7,500 to 331,750, the Labor Department said Wednesday. Both the first-time weekly jobless claims and the average have returned to pre-recession levels.
Strategy's focus on high-paying employers; goal is 1.5% job growth
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County Economic Development Corp. has set a two-year goal of increasing the county's per-capita pay to $26,000.
GIFFORD — Lorin Schluter, in his denim overalls, took a break from frying chicken to step out the back door of his restaurant.
There he checked on the generator he had hooked up to a power take-off connected to a 120-horsepower John Deere tractor.
It's been running since 6 p.m. Sunday.
Its No. 6 ranking comes just behind Bloomington; Danville also sees big jump to No. 22
CHAMPAIGN — An online career network claims Champaign is one of the 10 metro areas in the U.S. with the most job opportunities per capita.
From the outside looking in, the case of a fired university professor looks strange.
Last week, University of Illinois trustees took the exceedingly rare step of dismissing a tenured professor from a long-held position as a member of the UI faculty.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security office in Danville is shifting its focus starting Monday.
The office will be considered an employment office rather than an unemployment office. Customers can get face to face help with things like interview and resume tips, but they'll be directed to a computer to apply for unemployment benefits.
CHAMPAIGN — Members of the union that represents support staff members in the Champaign schools will meet Saturday morning to discuss and vote on a tentative contract with the school district.
The meeting will be at Central High School.
The details of the contract will not be released until both the union and school board ratify it.
DANVILLE — The Ball Corp. told employees at its Danville facility Thursday morning that it would be phasing out that location by the latter half of 2014, according to Ball corporate officials.