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Unemployment Falls in All Metros for Third Consecutive Month

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

All 102 Counties Record Over-the-Year Declines

CHICAGO – June unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state for the third consecutive month and remain at six year lows, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Rates also fell in all 102 counties, the first time since February 2011. Not seasonally adjusted data compares June 2014 with June 2013.

Illinois businesses added jobs in six metros. Largest increases: Springfield (1.4 percent, +1,500), Champaign-Urbana (+1.1 percent, +1,100), Lake-Kenosha (+0.8 percent, +3,200) and Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+0.8 percent, +28,800). Largest decreases: Bloomington-Normal (-1.8 percent, -1,600), Decatur (-1.5 percent, -800) and Peoria (-1.4 percent, -2,500). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metros were Mining and Construction (seven of 12), Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (seven of 12) and Leisure and Hospitality (seven of 12).

“Falling unemployment rates across our state compared with last year reflect the continued improvement in our economy. We can acknowledge the progress that we have made and still recognize that some of our neighbors still need our help,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said.  “Employers are hiring and more people are working today than one year ago. Blaming falling unemployment rates solely on discouraged workers ignores the reality of retiring baby boomers and shrinking labor force participation rate trends that began years before the recession even started.”

Not seasonally adjusted data compares the current month with the same month of the previous year. The June 2014 not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 7.1 percent and the national rate was 6.3 percent. 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 in times of economic expansion and contraction.​

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates 

Metropolitan Area

June
2014*

June
2013

Bloomington-Normal

6.4%

7.9%

Champaign-Urbana

6.9%

9.0%

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville

7.1%

10.1%

Danville

9.3%

11.6%

Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl.

6.2%

7.0%

Decatur

9.2%

12.5%

Kankakee-Bradley

8.6%

11.3%

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

6.7%

8.4%

Peoria

7.3%

9.2%

Rockford

8.9%

11.4%

Springfield

6.1%

7.9%

St. Louis (IL-Section)

7.0%

8.5%

* Data subject to revision.

 

 



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

Metropolitan Area

June
2014*

June
2013**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington-Normal MSA

86,800

88,400

-1,600

Champaign-Urbana MSA

102,600

101,500

1,100

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Div.

3,838,100

3,809,300

28,800

Danville MSA

28,800

28,800

0

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

185,900

185,900

0

Decatur MSA

51,600

52,400

-800

Kankakee-Bradley MSA

43,500

43,400

100

Lake County-Kenosha County Metro Div.

409,000

405,800

3,200

Peoria MSA

179,800

182,300

-2,500

Rockford MSA

148,800

148,700

100

Springfield MSA

112,000

110,500

1,500

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

229,000

229,700

-700

 

                *Preliminary    **Revised

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