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Illinois Metro Unemployment Rates Continue Dropping

Strong Job Gains in Northern Illinois; Downstate Continues to Struggle

Contact: Anjali Julka
anjali.julka@illinois.gov

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April was the fourteenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in the state compared to a year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Rates also fell in 101 of Illinois’s 102  counties. Not seasonally adjusted data compares April 2015 with April 2014.​

Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metros. The largest increases were seen in: Kankakee (+2.7 percent, +1,200), Elgin Metro Division (+2.4 percent, +6,000) and the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division (+1.4 percent, +49,400). Decreases were seen in: Peoria (-1.7 percent, -3,100), Carbondale-Marion (-1.6 percent, -900) and Decatur (-1.6 percent, -800).  The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metros were Transportation, Warehousing and Public Utilities (eleven of 14) and Retail Trade (ten of 14).

“Metro areas in northern Illinois posted strong job gains, while most downstate areas lost ground,” IDES Director Jeff Mays said. “Yet even in areas that lost jobs, there are good jobs going unfilled. We can and must improve on how we connect the unemployed seeking work with employers seeking workers.”

The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.5 percent in April 2015 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 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.


Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area Apr. 2015 Apr. 2014 Over-the-
Year Change
Bloomington 3.9% 4.9% -1.0
Carbondale-Marion 5.3% 6.3% -1.0
Champaign-Urbana 4.1% 5.2% -1.1
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights 5.9% 7.1% -1.2
Danville 5.9% 8.0% -2.1
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 5.0% 5.7% -0.7
Decatur 5.9% 8.3% -2.4
Elgin 4.8% 6.5% -1.7
Kankakee 5.8% 7.9% -2.1
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI 4.6% 6.1% -1.5
Peoria 5.3% 6.6% -1.3
Rockford 5.8% 8.2% -2.4
Springfield 4.3% 5.3% -1.0
St. Louis (IL-Section) 5.0% 6.5% -1.5
Illinois Statewide 5.5% 6.8% -1.3


Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – April 2015


Metropolitan Area

April 2015*

April 2014**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

94,500

95,800

-1,300

Carbondale-Marion MSA

54,300

55,200

-900

Champaign-Urbana MSA

110,500

109,300

1,200

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Div.

3,602,500

3,553,100

49,400

Danville MSA

29,200

28,900

300

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL MSA

183,000

183,100

-100

Decatur MSA

50,100

50,900

-800

Elgin Metro Division

252,900

246,900

6,000

Kankakee MSA

44,900

43,700

1,200

Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metro Div.

398,200

396,100

2,100

Peoria MSA

176,700

179,800

-3,100

Rockford MSA

150,900

148,900

2,000

Springfield MSA

111,800

111,200

600

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

231,800

223,400

-1,600

Illinois Statewide

5,900,900

5,846,000

54,900

*Preliminary

**Revised