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April Unemployment Rate Falls in All Metro Areas

​For Immediate Release |  Media Contact: Greg Rivara (312) 793-6935 (pdf version)


Four Metros Drop Below the National Rate

CHICAGO – April unemployment rates fell in all Illinois metropolitan areas to their lowest level in six years, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Four areas – Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, and Springfield – recorded lower rates than the country. Not seasonally adjusted data compare April 2014 with April 2013. 

Illinois businesses added jobs in five metros. Largest increases: Lake-Kenosha (+2.6 percent, +10,200), Springfield (1.8 percent, +2,000), Champaign-Urbana (+1.2 percent, +1,300) and Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+0.7 percent, +26,700). Largest decreases: Bloomington-Normal (-2.9 percent, -2,600), Peoria (-1.7 percent, -3,000) and Danville (-1.4 percent, -400). The one industry sector recording job growth in the majority of metros was Leisure and Hospitality (eight of 12).

“Across our state, the unemployment rate today is lower than it was one year ago and at its lowest level since 2008. That is good news by any definition,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “Independent data again shows that our economy continues to move forward. The trend of more people working and fewer people on unemployment bodes well for continued improvement in local economies across Illinois.”

Not seasonally adjusted data compare the current month with the same month of the previous year. The April 2014 not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 7.2 percent and 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in April 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

April
2014*

April
2013

Bloomington-Normal

5.5%

6.0%

Champaign-Urbana

5.8%

6.8%

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville

7.4%

9.1%

Danville

8.9%

9.3%

Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl.

5.7%

6.4%

Decatur

9.1%

10.5%

Kankakee-Bradley

8.7%

10.3%

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

6.7%

7.9%

Peoria

7.0%

8.3%

Rockford

9.2%

10.4%

Springfield

5.7%

6.8%

St. Louis (IL-Section)

6.3%

7.6%

* Data subject to revision.

 

 


























Total Non-farm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – April 2014​

Metropolitan Area

April
2014*

April
2013**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington-Normal MSA

88,500

91,100

-2,600

Champaign-Urbana MSA

109,400

108,100

1,300

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Div.

3,764,200

3,737,500

26,700

Danville MSA

28,600

29,000

-400

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

182,400

182,400

0

Decatur MSA

50,900

51,500

-600

Kankakee-Bradley MSA

43,500

43,200

300

Lake County-Kenosha County Metro Div.

398,800

388,600

10,200

Peoria MSA

177,800

180,800

-3,000

Rockford MSA

146,300

146,400

-100

Springfield MSA

111,400

109,400

2,000

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

231,100

231,600

-500

 

                *Preliminary    **Revised