PRECIPITATION TOTALS FOR MARCH
Rain Man Rick has provided us with precipitation totals for Greenville for the month of March. 9.59 inches of rain were recorded at the Sewer Plant, 9.41 inches on 6th Street and 9.25 inches of rain at Idler Lane and Rt. 140. All locations showed 2.25 inches of snow and 1 inch of sleet. Greenville has received over 15 inches of rain and more than 17 inches of snow, so far in 2008.
OVER-THE-YEAR JOB GROWTH IN LOCAL AREAS
Since January of 2004, Illinois has added more new jobs than any other Midwest state. Industrial sectors showing employment gains include wholesale trade, retail trade, information, financial activities, educational and health services, professional and business services leisure and hospitality and government. Over the year, total payroll jobs grew during February in all metro areas of the state and the Illinois section of St. Louis, that includes Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties, has had one of the largest percentage increases in total jobs at 1.6%.
Unemployment rates in February 2008 have remained stable with an average of .1% increase compared to February 2007. Bond County had increase .3% to 6.8%, Clinton County has increased .2% to 7%, and Madison has decreased .1% to 6.2%.
JOB GROWTH AREAS OUTLINED AT SCIGA MEETING
The South Central Illinois Growth Alliance, or SCIGA, held their monthly meeting earlier this week at the Kaskaskia College campus in Vandalia. A presentation was given by Crossroads Executive Director, Jim McShane, about work trends in Southern Illinois. According to McShane, healthcare, trucking, warehousing and logistics are the growing job markets, and the average worker in Southern Illinois travels 50 miles to their job.
It was also decided at the SCIGA meeting, that a second Economic Summit will be held on May 14th at the Kaskaskia College main campus in Centralia.