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Kane County’s job market on upswing, report states

Published: Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

The job market appeared to brighten in Kane County last month, according to the latest round of employment numbers issued by the state.

This week, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported the unemployment rate in Kane County dipped to 8.1 percent in August. That is down from the 8.7 percent unemployment rate reported by IDES in July and the 10 percent unemployment rate logged in August 2011.

Overall, IDES reported the total number of people in Kane County considered to be unemployed by the state dropped 8.6 percent, from 24,324 in July to 22,223 last month.

In August 2011, the state reported 27,297 unemployed in the county.

The total number of Kane County residents considered to be employed decreased slightly, from 254,619 in July to 252,260 in August. However, the county’s August workforce numbers were up about 2.3 percent from August 2011, when 246,769 Kane County residents were considered employed.

The size of Kane’s eligible workforce also declined in August, slipping from 278,943 in July to 274,783 last month, IDES said.

In August 2011, the county had an estimated workforce of 274,066.

Craig Frank, owner of Frank’s Employment, an employment placement firm in St. Charles, said the numbers mirror what he has observed in the local job market in recent weeks and months.

“We’ve seen a very active summer in hiring,” Frank said. “I’d say this July and August has been the busiest period we’ve seen for hiring in about six years.”

Frank said employers have increased hiring for temporary and permanent positions. They hire for specialized positions and have begun hiring for general office and support positions, as well.

“It’s not back to the good ol’ days,” Frank said. “But we’re definitely seeing signs of improvement.”

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