QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -
The unemployment rate dropped to seven percent recently, the lowest in five years, but is the job outlook improving here in the Tri-States?
Based on a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, American employers added 203,000 jobs in November and local employment agencies say more jobs are opening up locally. Adecco in Quincy said it's seen a positive development in the job market in the Tri-States. It says many of its clients with temporary jobs have been hired permanently. Stacy Atteberry, a recruiter at Adecco, said this may continue into the new year.
"After the holidays, companies tend to increase on their openings that they have," Atteberry said. "So there is a chance that even though it's the holiday season and it's kind of the hustle and bustle after the first of the year and we get into spring, companies may have some openings."
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are still 10.9 million Americans still unemployed, but Atteberry said the job market appears to be heading in a positive direction.
But Atteberry says the unemployment rate is still not low enough.
"It seems like people are getting hired by clients here in town," Atteberry said. "I'm hoping that number will go down. We do still have a lot of temporary jobs that we are needing people for, so there could be an opportunity for those people who are looking for work, to get work temporarily while looking for that full time position."
Though everything appears good in the Tri-States, the unemployment number is not necessarily a positive. According to a report on Yahoo Finance, The number of part time employees fell by over 300,000 in November. The report does not show if the workers were hired on full-time or let go.
Atteberry says lots of positions are available from industrial work to clinical positions.