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Local Businesses Question Future Hiring
What's gone up in Sangamon county since the beginning of the year?
The unemployment rate. Local businesses find it hard to say if they will hire in the next few months.
"It doesn't look like there is a lot of job growth," UIS Survey Research Office director Ashley Kirzinger said. "The majority of responders said their unemployment levels are going to stay the same."
The Survey Research Office polled 174 local businesses. 29 percent believed they would see a small increase in hiring, while 1 percent believed they'd see a large increase.
"In the fall, they were very pessimistic about the economy over the next 12 months," Kirzinger said. "In this survey, they are more optimistic."
Kirzinger said the medical field is part of the sector that is booming.
"The medical district is really the future of the city of Springfield," mayor Michael Houston said.
Where the state of Illinois has dropped off in hiring, the medical profession is picking up. Houston has seen it coming for quite some time.
"It is the one area that has really has provided the economic boost to the entire community," Houston said. "It's not just the medical profession in itself. It literally just ripples through our economy."
Unlike the medical industry, education is struggling. Responders to the survey believe the field will not do any hiring in the near future.
"Respondents have seen a decrease in expectations in the education sector, and it's actually at it's lowest point now since fall 2010," Kirzinger said.
"As a result of the state funding of education, that is impacting all districts in this area," Houston said. "It's having more of an impact on School District 186 simply because of the numbers."
While it could be a long road to recovery for education, stabilization of local jobs--job security--is expected to remain the same.
In Sangamon County, Glenn Marshall, ABC Newschannel 20.