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Downstate Illinois Still Lagging in Job Growth - Unemployment Rates Continue Falling in All Metro Areas

Contact: Anjali Julka, 312-793-9635, anjali.julka@illinois.gov  

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​June was the 16th month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area in Illinois compared to a year ago, but job growth is still slow downstate, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Unemployment rates also fell in all of Illinois’s 102 counties for the 14th time in the last fifteen months. Not seasonally adjusted data compares June 2015 with June 2014.​

Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metros. The largest increases were seen in: Elgin Metro Division (+1.9 percent, +4,900), Danville (+1.7 percent, +500) and Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division (+1.3 percent or +47,900).  Decreases were seen in: Carbondale-Marion (-2.2 percent, -1,200), Peoria (-1.3 percent, -2,400) and Decatur (-1.0 percent, -500).  The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metros were Retail Trade (nine of 14) Transportation, Warehousing and Public Utilities (nine of 14), Professional and Business Services (eight of 14), and Leisure and Hospitality (eight of 14).

“In looking at the metro data, collar counties gained more net jobs than the total statewide gain. Given the statewide gain of 44,500 jobs total, the rest of the state had a net loss,” IDES Director Jeff Mays said. “The need for a full statewide recovery remains.”

The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.9 percent in June 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 5.5 percent in June 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

June 2015

June 2014

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

4.6%

5.8%

-1.2

Carbondale-Marion

5.7%

6.9%

-1.2

Champaign-Urbana

4.9%

6.2%

-1.3

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

6.3%

7.3%

-1.0

Danville

6.5%

8.5%

-2.0

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

5.0%

6.0%

-1.0

Decatur

6.6%

8.6%

-2.0

Elgin

5.0%

6.6%

-1.6

Kankakee

6.0%

7.9%

-1.9

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

4.7%

6.1%

-1.4

Peoria

5.7%

7.0%

-1.3

Rockford

6.1%

7.9%

-1.8

Springfield

4.6%

5.8%

-1.2

St. Louis (IL-Section)

5.5%

7.1%

-1.6

Illinois Statewide

5.9%

7.1%

-1.2

* Data subject to revision.

 

 

 
























Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) –  June 2015


Metropolitan Area

June
2015*

June
2014**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

93,800

93,300

500

Carbondale-Marion MSA

54,100

55,300

-1,200

Champaign-Urbana MSA

104,600

103,400

1,200

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Div.

3,667,600

3,619,700

47,900

Danville MSA

29,600

29,100

500

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL MSA

185,000

186,600

-1,600

Decatur MSA

50,700

51,200

-500

Elgin Metro Division

257,500

252,600

4,900

Kankakee MSA

44,900

44,500

400

Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metro Div.

414,300

409,900

4,400

Peoria MSA

179,000

181,400

-2,400

Rockford MSA

153,500

152,000

1,500

Springfield MSA

112,700

112,900

-200

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

230,200

232,400

-2,200

Illinois Statewide

5,973,200

5,928,700

44,500

 

                *Preliminary    **Revised


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