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Local Unemployment Rates Fall in Most Areas of Illinois

1/25/2013

For Immediate Release | Greg Rivara, Phone: 312-814-0095 (pdf version)

Job Growth Up 167,000 in Private Sector During Recovery

CHICAGO - December local unemployment rates fell in nine of 12 metro areas in Illinois, increased in one, and were essentially unchanged in two compared to last year, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Not seasonally adjusted data compares December 2012 to December 2011. Largest declines were in: IL-portion of St. Louis metro area (-1.5 points to 8.3 percent), Kankakee-Bradley ( 1.2 points to 10.5 percent), and Rockford (-1.1 points to 11.2 percent).

Payrolls increased in six metros and declined in six. The largest increases: Champaign-Urbana (+2.6 percent, +2,700), Kankakee-Bradley (+2.3 percent, +1,000), and Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+1.0 percent, +37,800 jobs). Industry sectors increasing in the most metro areas were Leisure and Hospitality (11 of 12) and Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (eight of 12).

"December marks another month that shows falling unemployment rates throughout our state," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "The most pressing challenge to our economic progress is the uncertainty tied to Congress, the debt ceiling and the fiscal cliff. Our economic recovery could be compromised if Congress is not seen as working together to build a solution."

Not seasonally adjusted data compares the current month to the same month of the previous year. The December 2012 not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 8.6 percent and 12.3 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in December and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area Dec. 2012* Dec. 2011
Bloomington-Normal 6.3% 6.9%
Champaign-Urbana 7.4% 8.0%
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 8.6% 9.3%
Danville 10.4% 10.3%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl. 7.1% 7.8%
Decatur 11.8% 10.1%
Kankakee-Bradley 10.5% 11.7%
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI 8.5% 9.2%
Peoria 8.3% 8.2%
Rockford 11.2% 12.3%
Springfield 7.2% 7.5%
St. Louis (IL-Section) 8.3% 9.8%
* Data subject to revision.

Total Non-farm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) - December 2012

Metropolitan Area December 2012* December 2011** Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington-Normal MSA 91,500 90,700 800
Champaign-Urbana MSA 106,000 103,300 2,700
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Div. 3,720,400 3,682,600 37,800
Danville MSA 28,300 29,400 -1,100
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA 176,900 178,000 -1,100
Decatur MSA 51,300 53,200 -1,900
Kankakee-Bradley MSA 44,500 43,500 1,000
Lake County-Kenosha County Metro Div. 377,900 374,500 3,400
Peoria MSA 181,500 184,500 -3,000
Rockford MSA 146,700 147,400 -700
Springfield MSA 113,300 112,900 400
Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA 232,300 233,000 -700
*Preliminary **Revised