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Letter: Unemployment down, salaries up in Will County

6/3/2015, 10:33 a.m.
Will County has seen its jobless rate go down every month since the beginning of the year, in part because ...

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Will County Executive Larry Walsh

Dear Editor;

The employment outlook in Will County continues to improve with the latest unemployment rate listed at 6.1 percent, which is down from 6.8 percent in March 2015 and one and a half percent lower than April of 2014.

This decrease is a positive reflection of the business climate in the county.

Together with our county board, our municipal and business leaders, we work very hard to keep Will County a business friendly county. Not only have more than 9,000 new jobs been created in Will County in the last year, these are good-paying jobs with benefits for our residents.

We have seen employment increases in nearly every sector of our economy, including health care, finance, insurance, transportation, warehousing as well as professional and technical.

Will County has reported a decline in the unemployment rates each month of 2015. As the fourth most populated county in Illinois, the median income is ranked as the fifth highest in the state.

According to Pat Fera, manager of the Workforce Investment Board of Will County, this statistic reflects the number of skilled and degreed jobs that yield some of the highest salaries in Will County. She said the economic outlook has been improving for local workers.

“The average monthly wage in Will County has increased by $200 in the last two years from $3,745 per month to $3,950,” Fera said. “In addition, average wages have increased in nearly every employment sector in the county.”

I am proud of the work Pat Fera and our Workforce Investment Board, along with John Greuling with the Will County Center for Economic Development, do to attract successful companies with quality jobs to our county. This cooperative effort keeps Will County one of the best places to live, work, and operate a business.

For more information on jobs available in Will County, visit the www.jobs4people.org.

Larry Walsh

Will County Executive