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January Unemployment Rate at 9.0 Percent


For Immediate Release | Greg Rivara, Media: 312.814.0095 version (pdf)

Private Sector Growth Up 222,100 During Recovery

CHICAGO - More people resuming their job search and entering the workforce pushed the January 2013 unemployment rate to 9.0 percent, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The data is seasonally adjusted. One year ago, the rate was 9.1 percent. Employers added 7,100 jobs in January 2013.

"An economic recovery naturally includes monthly up-and-down movement in the unemployment rate as individuals suspend and renew their job search," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "As cuts from sequestration are implemented during the next few months, we will have a better idea on how federal fiscal policy will impact Illinois."

Illinois added +222,100 private sector jobs since January 2010 when job growth returned following nearly two years of consecutive monthly declines. Leading growth sectors are Professional and Business Services (+87,600); Education and Health Services (+55,800); and Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+43,000). Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down -26,300.

In January 2013, the number of unemployed individuals increased +22,900 (+4.0 percent) to 594,800. Total unemployed has fallen -157,400 (-20.9 percent) since early 2010 when the state unemployment rate peaked at 11.3 percent for the months of January and February.

The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and seeking employment. A person who exhausts benefits, or is ineligible, still will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work. Historically, the national unemployment rate is lower than the state rate. The state rate has been lower than the national rate only six times since January 2000.

Please note that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics requires revisions to monthly employment and labor force data. The revisions occur each February and March based upon updated Census, unemployment insurance and seasonal data. Data and analysis distributed prior to March 1, 2013 should be discarded.

January local data will be released March 14. February statewide data will be released March 21. February local data will be released March 28. March statewide data will be released April 18.

More than 100,000 help-wanted ads are on, the IDES employment website that links job seekers with employers. The keyword matching technology increases the likelihood of a successful new hire and compares favorably to private efforts that cost hundreds of dollars for a single advertisement. No-cost HR recruitment services are available at the website and at (877) 342-7533.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

January 2013 December 2012 January 2012 3-MonthMoving Avg.
Illinois 9.0% 8.6%* 9.1%* 8.8%
U.S. 7.9% 7.8%* 8.3%* 7.8%
* Revised

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-farm Jobs - by Major Industry

Industry Title January 2013* December 2012** January 2012** Over the Month Change Over the Year Change 3-Month Moving Avg. Change from Previous 3-Month Mov. Avg.
Total Nonfarm 5,780,000 5,772,900 5,717,300 7,100 62,700 5,777,000 3,800
Mining 10,400 10,300 10,100 100 300 10,300 0
Construction 185,000 183,300 194,800 1,700 -9,800 184,000 -700
Manufacturing 583,600 582,300 577,900 1,300 5,700 584,100 -600
Trade, Transportation, & Utilities 1,163,900 1,169,400 1,150,800 -5,500 13,100 1,166,700 1,200
Information 99,600 99,700 100,400 -100 -800 99,500 0
Financial Activities 370,800 368,600 364,100 2,200 6,700 369,300 800
Professional and Business Services 868,500 868,000 849,800 500 18,700 869,300 200
Educational and Health Services 877,300 871,800 856,500 5,500 20,800 873,500 2,400
Leisure and Hospitality 538,600 537,700 530,400 900 8,200 537,900 600
Other Services 252,300 250,300 250,100 2,000 2,200 251,100 600
Government 830,000 831,500 832,400 -1,500 -2,400 831,200 -800
* Preliminary ** Revised


  • Illinois monthly labor force, unemployed and unemployment rates for years 2008-2012 have been revised as required by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In February of each year, monthly labor force data for all states are revised to reflect updated sum-of-states controls, Census population controls, seasonal factors, non-farm jobs and unemployment insurance claims inputs. Data were also smoothed to eliminate large monthly changes as a result of volatility in the monthly household (CPS) survey. Comments and tables distributed in prior Illinois unemployment rate news release materials should be discarded because any analysis, including records, previously cited might no longer be valid.
  • Seasonally adjusted employment data for subsectors within industries are not available. For not seasonally adjusted jobs data with greater industry detail, go to .
  • "Other Services" includes a wide range of activities in three broad categories: Personal and laundry; repair and maintenance; and religious, grant making, civic and professional organizations.
  • Monthly seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Illinois and the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan Division are available at: .