Good news for Springfield in the latest unemployment numbers. The city’s jobless rate fell to seven-percent in August… down eight-tenths of a percent from the same time a year ago.
One reason for the decline is job growth. The State Department of Employment Security says Springfield added 1800 jobs between August of 2012 and last month.
The local numbers are in sharp contrast to Decatur, which continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the state at 12%, up more than half-a-percentage point from a year earlier.