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Illinois Sees Minimal Job Growth; Eight Metro Areas Lose Jobs - Unemployment Rates Continue Downward Trend

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

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CHICAGO – September was the nineteenth month in a row that unemployment rates fell in every metro area while eight metro areas across the state saw job loss 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).  Not seasonally adjusted data compares September 2015 with September 2014. 

Illinois businesses lost jobs in eight metro areas including the Quad Cities (-2.3 percent, -4,200), Carbondale-Marion (-2.0 percent, -1,100), Peoria (-0.8 percent, -1,500), and Decatur (-0.8 percent, -400).  Illinois businesses added jobs in six metros, in which the largest increases were seen in: Champaign-Urbana (+1.7 percent, +1,900), Danville (+1.4 percent, +400), Elgin (+1.2 percent, +3,000), and Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division (+0.9 percent or +34,200).  The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metros were: Transportation, Warehousing and Public Utilities (11 of 14), Retail Trade (eight of 14), and Leisure and Hospitality (eight of 14). 

“Illinois unemployment data since January have shown very weak employment growth compared to many other states,” IDES Director Jeff Mays said. “Sub-state data paint an even bleaker picture for areas outside of the Chicago area that have lost a net 10,000 jobs over the past year.  Additionally, our internal unemployment insurance claims data indicate the likelihood of labor market softening in the coming months.” 

The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.1 percent in September 2015 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010.  Rates fell in 100 of Illinois’ 102 counties.  Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in September 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​

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Metropolitan Area

September 2015

September 2014

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

4.3%

5.0%

-0.7

Carbondale-Marion

5.6%

6.1%

-0.5

Champaign-Urbana

4.4%

5.4%

-1.0

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

4.9%

6.2%

-1.3

Danville

6.4%

7.4%

-1.0

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

5.0%

6.0%

-1.0

Decatur

6.4%

7.3%

-0.9

Elgin

4.9%

5.8%

-0.9

Kankakee

5.9%

6.9%

-1.0

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

4.5%

5.5%

-1.0

Peoria

5.7%

6.2%

-0.5

Rockford

6.2%

7.1%

-0.9

Springfield

4.7%

5.4%

-0.7

St. Louis (IL-Section)

5.4%

6.4%

-1.0

Illinois Statewide

5.1%

6.2%

-1.1

* Data subject to revision.

 

 

 














Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – September 2015​


Metropolitan Area

September
2015*

September
2014**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

95,800

95,100

700

Carbondale-Marion MSA

54,300

55,400

-1,100

Champaign-Urbana MSA

110,500

108,600

1,900

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Div.

3,637,600

3,603,400

34,200

Danville MSA

29,700

29,300

400

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL MSA

180,300

184,500

-4,200

Decatur MSA

51,000

51,400

-400

Elgin Metro Division

256,800

253,800

3,000

Kankakee MSA

45,100

45,400

-300

Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metro Div.

402,800

403,800

-1,000

Peoria MSA

177,600

179,100

-1,500

Rockford MSA

151,900

152,100

-200

Springfield MSA

112,400

112,300

100

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

231,800

233,500

-1,700

Illinois Statewide

5,947,300

5,920,100

27,200

 

                *Preliminary    **Revised