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News and Announcements : November Adds +10,300 Private Sector Jobs As Rate Falls to 8.7 Percent

November Adds +10,300 Private Sector Jobs As Rate Falls to 8.7 Percent


For Immediate Release | Greg Rivara, Media contact: (312) 793-9635 (pdf version)

Seven Consecutive Months of Job Growth

CHICAGO - Illinois added +10,300 private sector jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 8.7 percent, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The September to November three-month gain of +36,900 in total jobs is the largest since October 2010.

 "Seven consecutive months of job growth shows that our steady economic progress continues. It shows that real progress has been made while reminding us that we have more work to do," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "The nearly 300,000 jobs that have been created in the past three years show the resiliency of our workers and small business owners as our economy improves."

The independent Conference Board reports nearly 211,000 Help Wanted OnLine job ads in Illinois for November. Nearly 84 percent sought full-time work. Workers can apply at, where they can customize resumes to reflect different opportunities. Doing so also helps qualify for benefits.

Illinois has added +281,400 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 (+116,400); Education and Health Services (+61,000); and Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+58,700). Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down -28,600.

November growth leaders were Trade, Transportation and Utilities, (+6,700), Construction (+6,100) and Education and Health Care (+3,400). Although manufacturing jobs have grown since 2010, a temporary global slowdown in mining continues to impact manufacturing jobs in Illinois.

Since January 2010, when compared to the previous month, Illinois recorded job growth in 35 months and job loss in 12. The unemployment rate fell in 27 months, increased in nine and was unchanged in 11.

The number of unemployed fell for the fourth consecutive month, down 11,800 to 567,500. Unemployment has fallen -184,700 (-24.6 percent) since early 2010 when it peaked at 11.3 percent.

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.

Nov 2013​ ​Oct 2013 ​Nov 2012 ​3 Month Moving Avg.
Illinois​ ​8.7% ​8.9% ​8.7%* ​8.9%
​U.S. ​7.0% ​7.3% ​7.8%* ​7.2%

  • 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: .