By Sharon Stevens
(Belleville) KSDK-- The annual Labor Day parade rolled through the streets of Belleville on Monday.
The Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, estimated that 74 units participated in the annual event; up slightly over last year.
One official said several thousand people took part in the annual event.
There were marching bands from Belleville West and Belleville East High schools.
The politicians were there.
People lined the sidewalks to enjoy the weather, see the passing parade and to ponder what's next for American workers.
Up until January Arlondo Perkins had been looking for work for a year.
Unemployment nationwide is just below 10 percent; in Illinois, it's just over 10-percent in a state that is billions of dollars in debt.
Still, some people we talked with say they're looking for the upside.
After the parade made its way through the city, union members and their families made enjoyed a picnic in Hough Park.