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Unemployment Rates Down in All Metro Areas

Contact: Anjali Julka  anjali.julka@illinois.gov​  


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​​May was the fifteenth 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 all of Illinois’s 102 counties. Not seasonally adjusted data compares May 2015 with May 2014.

Illinois businesses added jobs in seven metros. The largest increases were seen in: Kankakee (+2.5 percent, +1,100), Elgin Metro Division (+2.3 percent, +5,900) and Danville (+2.1 percent, +600). The Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division was up +1.2 percent or +44,400.  Decreases were seen in: Decatur (-1.6 percent, -800), Peoria (-1.4 percent, -2,500) and Carbondale-Marion (-1.3 percent, -700).  The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metros were Transportation, Warehousing and Public Utilities (ten of 14), Retail Trade (eight of 14) and Educational and Health Services (eight of 14).

“Three metro areas in the northeast region of the state have reached prerecession employment levels, eleven metro areas continue to fall short,” IDES Director Jeff Mays said. “The need for a full statewide recovery remains.”

The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.6 percent in May 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 5.3 percent in May 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​

May 2015

May 2014

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

4.2%

5.3%

-1.1

Carbondale-Marion

5.3%

6.5%

-1.2

Champaign-Urbana

4.4%

5.7%

-1.3

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

6.0%

7.0%

-1.0

Danville

6.1%

8.4%

-2.3

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

5.0%

5.9%

-0.9

Decatur

6.2%

8.4%

-2.2

Elgin

4.8%

6.5%

-1.7

Kankakee

5.8%

7.9%

-2.1

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

4.6%

6.0%

-1.4

Peoria

5.4%

6.8%

-1.4

Rockford

5.9%

7.8%

-1.9

Springfield

4.5%

5.6%

-1.1

St. Louis (IL-Section)

5.2%

6.9%

-1.7

Illinois Statewide

5.6%

6.9%

-1.3

* Data subject to revision.

 

 

 















Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – May 2015

 

Metropolitan Area

May
2015*

May
2014**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

95,200

95,600

-400

Carbondale-Marion MSA

55,200

55,900

-700

Champaign-Urbana MSA

109,400

108,300

1,100

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Div.

3,639,100

3,594,700

44,400

Danville MSA

29,700

29,100

600

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL MSA

184,700

185,100

-400

Decatur MSA

50,500

51,300

-800

Elgin Metro Division

257,100

251,200

5,900

Kankakee MSA

45,300

44,200

1,100

Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metro Div.

406,800

404,100

2,700

Peoria MSA

178,400

180,900

-2,500

Rockford MSA

152,900

151,300

1,600

Springfield MSA

112,600

112,700

-100

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

233,200

234,600

-1,400

Illinois Statewide

5,953,100

5,908,800

44,300

 

                *Preliminary    **Revised



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