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Carbondale To Host Employment Fair On October 9th.

Oct 7, 2019

The City of Carbondale is sponsoring an Employment Fair on Wednesday October 9th, 2019 at the Carbondale Civic Center.

People with criminal records could soon have better luck getting jobs in health care.

Unemployment rates were down across southern Illinois in May when compared to May 2018.

Statistics from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show the largest decline of 2.7 percent occurred in Pulaski County, where the jobless rate fell from eight percent in 2018 to 5.3 percent last month.

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Ribbon Cutting For IlliniCare Health
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The Centene Corporation opened their newest service center under their IlliniCare Health in Carbondale Wednesday.

Governor JB Pritzker joined the executives to cut the ribbon and officially open the service center.

The 80,000 square foot facility is located in the old K’s Merchandise building.

In 2016, more than 10 percent of all 16-24 year olds in Illinois were both jobless and out of school.

State Sen. Dave Syverson is part of the state task force working to identify the barriers of employment holding back young adults. They met with community leaders in Rockford this week. Syverson says it's an issue far more complex than simply sending state money.

There are also a disproportionate number of black and Latino teens (16-19) and young adults (20-24) who are jobless and not in school.

An idea to promote locally made products and services and bring those together with customers face to face in one place, will come to fruition this weekend at the first ever Southern Illinois Made Expo.  Several years ago, Illinois 59th State Senator Dale Fowler began brainstorming with southern Illinois Chambers of Commerce for ways to make customers aware of products and services which are based in southern Illinois.  Senator Fowler says he is happily surprised at the response from local businesses who have signed up to be at the Marion Pavilion.  Fowler says 100 to 150 local businesses will be set up.  Jennifer Olson, President and CEO of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce says southern Illinois towns should realize that they are not competing with each other for jobs and products, but instead  with the growing cities that the area is losing talented young people  and businesses to.

Southeast Missouri State University is eliminating some jobs.

University President Carlos Vargas Tuesday announced the need to eliminate 35 to 40 vacant and currently filled staff positions over the next five months due to a nine percent reduction in state appropriations for FY18.

Amazon.com says it will open two facilities in Edwardsville that will have 1,000 full-time jobs.

The southern Illinois fulfillment centers will be 700,000-square-feet each. Employees will pick out, pack and ship items for customers. The Seattle-based company made the announcement Thursday.

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Miners from all over the region rallied in Harrisburg Thursday night, hoping to raise awareness of the effects recent energy proposals have had on their industry.

The unemployment rate for October held steady in Illinois at 5.4 percent, a little above the national average.

The unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.2% in Illinois for the month of August.

With national unemployment at its lowest level since the start of the Great Recession - the numbers keep going the wrong way in several parts of Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security is making official what has been rumored for weeks, as it has announced it is closing seven offices and reducing staff by nearly 200 people.

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