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Unemployment Rates Down; Job Growth Remains Slow and Uneven; Six Metro Areas Across State Lose Jobs

​​​For Immediate Release - Aug2015Metro_unemployment.pdfPDF Version   |  Contact: Anjali Julka, 312-793-9635, anjali.julka@illinois.gov​​

Thursday, September 24, 2015

CHICAGO – August was the 18th 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). Despite some job growth, six metro areas saw job loss.

Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metros. The largest increases were seen in: Carbondale-Marion (+1.7 percent, +900), Danville (+1.7percent, +500), Champaign-Urbana (+1.3 percent, +1,300), and Elgin (+1.3 percent, +3,300), and Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division (+1.0 percent or +35,900). Decreases were seen in: Quad Cities (-2.3 percent, -4,200), Kankakee (-1.6 percent, -700), and Peoria (-1.4 percent, -2,600). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metros were: Transportation, Warehousing and Public Utilities (11 of 14), Retail Trade (nine of 14) Wholesale Trade (eight of 14), and Leisure and Hospitality (eight of 14).

“Typically when the unemployment rate goes down, the number of people getting jobs goes up. But since that is not the case in many of Illinois’ metro areas, focusing only on the decline in unemployment rates does not tell the whole story,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “With many people dropping out of the labor force, thereby pulling the unemployment rate down, we need to increase job growth in all metro areas.”

Not seasonally adjusted data compares August 2015 with August 2014. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.6 percent in August 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 5.2 percent in August and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. Rates also fell in 101 of Illinois’ 102 counties. 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

 

August     August 2015         2014

Over-the- Year Change

Bloomington

4.5%

5.7%

-1.2

Carbondale-Marion

5.7%

7.1%

-1.4

Champaign-Urbana

4.9%

6.5%

-1.6

Chicago-Naperville-Arlingto

n           5.7%

6.9%

-1.2

Danville

6.7%

8.5%

-1.8

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island,        5.1%

5.9%

-0.8

Decatur

6.8%

8.4%

-1.6

Elgin

5.1%

6.6%

-1.5

Kankakee

6.1%

7.8%

-1.7

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

4.7%

6.1%

-1.4

Peoria

6.0%

7.0%

-1.0

Rockford

6.4%

8.0%

-1.6

Springfield

4.7%

5.9%

-1.2

St. Louis (IL-Section)

5.6%

7.1%

-1.5

Illinois Statewide

5.6%

6.9%

-1.3

* Data subject to revision.



Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – August 2015

Metropolitan Area

August 2015*

August 2014**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

94,500

94,000

500

Carbondale-Marion MSA

53,600

52,700

900

Champaign-Urbana MSA

102,000

100,700

1,300

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Div.

3,644,700

3,608,800

35,900

Danville MSA

29,600

29,100

500

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL MSA

181,800

186,000

-4,200

Decatur MSA

50,800

50,900

-100

Elgin Metro Division

255,100

251,800

3,300

Kankakee MSA

44,000

44,700

-700

Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metro Div.

408,100

406,200

1,900

Peoria MSA

177,600

180,200

-2,600

Rockford MSA

152,200

151,000

1,200

Springfield MSA

114,500

115,100

-600

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

228,800

229,900

-1,100

Illinois Statewide

5,935,700

5,903,500

32,200

*Preliminary

**Revised