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Chicago, Six Other Metros Add More Than 60,000 Jobs in November

​12/27/2013

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

Temporary Layoffs Push Up Rate Outside Suburban Chicago

CHICAGO - The November unemployment rate in the Chicago Joliet Naperville Metro Division fell .02 to reach 8.1 percent while temporary layoffs pushed rates higher elsewhere, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Not seasonally adjusted data compares November 2013 to November 2012.

Illinois businesses added jobs in seven metros. Largest increases: Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+1.5 percent, +55,300), Lake-Kenosha (+1.2 percent, +4,700), Champaign-Urbana (+0.9 percent, +1,000). Largest decreases: Decatur (-3.0 percent, -1,600), Peoria (-1.7 percent, -3,100), and Bloomington-Normal (-1.0 percent, -900). Much of these decreases are connected to a temporary slowdown in global manufacturing demand. Industry sectors recording job growth in the most metros: Education and Health Services (11 of 12), Leisure and Hospitality (eight of 12), and Other Services (seven of 12).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares the current month to the same month of the previous year. The November 2013 not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 8.3 percent and 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in November 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. Historically, the state unemployment rate is higher than the national rate.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

​Metropolitan Area ​Nov. 2013* ​Nov. 2012
​Bloomington-Normal ​7.0% ​6.1%
​Champaign-Urbana ​7.9% ​7.1%
​Chicago-Joliet-Naperville ​8.1% ​8.3%
​Danville ​11.7% ​9.4%
​Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl. ​6.5% ​6.3%
​Decatur ​12.2% ​10.1%
​Kankakee-Bradley ​10.7% ​9.9%
​Lake Kenosha, IL-WI ​8.0% ​7.7%
​Peoria  ​8.9% ​7.5%
​Rockford ​11.0% ​10.3%
​Springfield ​7.4% ​6.9%
​St. Louis (IL section) ​8.4% ​8.3%
​*Data subject to revision
 

Total Non-farm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) - November 2013

​Metropolitan Area ​November 2013* ​November 2012** ​Over the Year Change
Bloomington-Normal MSA​ ​91,300 ​92,200 ​-900
​Champaign-Urbana MSA ​109,400 ​108,400 ​1,000
​Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Div. ​3,823,300 ​3,768,000 ​55,300
​Danville MSA ​29,900 ​29,800 ​100
​Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA ​185,000 ​184,900 ​100
​Lake County-Kenosha County Metro Div. ​396,100 ​391,400 ​4,700
​Peoria MSA ​183,600 ​186,700 ​-3,100
​Rockford MSA ​150,700 ​151,200 ​-500
​Springfield MSA ​113,200 ​112,600 ​600
​Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA ​230,000 ​230,500 ​-500
*Preliminary **Revised​