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Will County unemployment continues to decline

Will County unemployment continues to decline

Rate decreases by nearly one percent over last month

JOLIET – 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. Will County Executive Larry Walsh said 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,” Walsh said. “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 
Healthcare, Finance, Insurance, Transportation, Warehousing, as well as Professional and 
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 which 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,” she 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,” said Walsh. “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.
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