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December Unemployment Rates Fall in All Metro Areas

​For Immediate Release | Evelina Loescher, Media contact: (312) 793-5752 (PDF version)​

CHICAGO – December unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state. This was the ninth consecutive month that all metro areas reported over-the-year declines in their unemployment rates, 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 for the second consecutive month and the sixth time out of the last seven months. Not seasonally adjusted data compares December 2014 with December 2013.

Illinois businesses added jobs in six metros. Largest increases: Champaign-Urbana (+1.5 percent, +1,600), Danville (+1.0 percent, +300) and Lake-Kenosha (+0.8 percent, +3,200). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Division rose 1.0 percent or 36,500. Largest decreases: Peoria (-1.1 percent, -1,900), Bloomington-Normal (-1.0 percent, -900) and Quad Cities (-0.7 percent, -1,300). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metros were Education and Health Services (8 of 12) and Mining and Construction (7 of 12).

“Although unemployment rates are falling across all metro areas, there are still some metro rates that remain stubbornly higher than the statewide average and where job growth has lagged,” IDES Director Jeff Mays said.

The December 2014 not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.7 percent and 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in December 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.

Tables:  Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates & Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – December 2014​​