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Unemployment Falls in Local Areas Across the State

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

Chicagoland Lowest Unemployment Since 2009

CHICAGO - Local unemployment rates fell across the state in February and the rate in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Division fell 0.8 percentage points to reach 9.0 percent, the lowest it has been since 2009, 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 February 2014 to February 2013.

Illinois businesses added jobs in four metros. Largest increases: Lake-Kenosha (+2.7 percent, +10,300), Champaign-Urbana (+1.6 percent, +1,700), and Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+0.8 percent, +28,000). Largest decreases: Bloomington-Normal (-2.1 percent, -1,900), Danville (-2.1 percent, -600) and Peoria (-1.8 percent, -3,300). Much of these decreases continue to reflect a temporary slowdown in global manufacturing demand. Industry sectors recording job growth in the most metros: Leisure and Hospitality (nine of 12), Wholesale Trade (seven of 12).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares the current month to the same month of the previous year. The February 2014 not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 9.4 percent and 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in February 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​​ ​Feb. 2014*​ ​Feb. 2013
​Bloomington-Normal ​8.0% ​7.7%
Champaign-Urbana​ ​8.7% ​8.8%​
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville​ ​9.0% ​9.8%​
Danville​​ ​12.8% ​11.9%
​Da​venport-Moline-Rock Isl. ​7.9% ​7.9%​
Decatur​​ ​12.7% ​12.8%
​Kankakee-Bradley ​12.1% ​12.8%
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI​ ​9.5% ​10.1%
Peoria​ ​10.1% ​10.0%
Rockford ​12.1% ​12.9%
Springfield​​ ​8.6% ​8.9%
​​St. Louis (IL-Section) ​9.2% ​9.5%
​* Data subject to revision.


Total Non-farm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) - February 2014