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Illinois Metros See Minimal Job Growth; Seven Metro Areas Lose Jobs - Unemployment Rates Continue Downward Trend

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CHICAGO – Unemployment rates in Illinois fell in 12 metro areas, increased in one and remained the same in one. Seven 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 October 2015 with October 2014.

Illinois businesses lost jobs in seven metro areas including the Quad Cities (-2.1 percent, -3,900), Carbondale-Marion (-1.6 percent, -900), and Peoria (-1.0 percent, -1,800).  Illinois businesses added jobs in six metros, in which the largest increases were seen in: Danville (+1.7 percent, +500), Elgin (+1.6 percent, +4,200), and Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division (+1.4 percent or +49,600).  The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metros were: Retail Trade (nine of 14), Leisure and Hospitality (nine of 14), Transportation, Warehousing and Public Utilities (eight of 14), and Education and Health Services (eight of 14).

“We are thankful for every single job we have gained since the national recovery began in July 2009,” IDES Director Jeff Mays said. “However, at Thanksgiving 2015, too few Illinois residents are feeling this turnaround.”

The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.3 percent in October 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 4.8 percent in October 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

October 2015

October 2014

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

4.8%

5.0%

-0.2

Carbondale-Marion

6.1%

6.1%

0.0

Champaign-Urbana

5.1%

5.3%

-0.2

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

5.0%

6.1%

-1.1

Danville

6.9%

7.3%

-0.4

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

5.6%

5.8%

-0.2

Decatur

6.8%

7.2%

-0.4

Elgin

5.4%

5.7%

-0.3

Kankakee

6.4%

6.7%

-0.3

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

5.0%

5.4%

-0.4

Peoria

6.6%

6.2%

0.4

Rockford

6.8%

7.0%

-0.2

Springfield

5.1%

5.4%

-0.3

St. Louis (IL-Section)

5.9%

6.3%

-0.4

Illinois Statewide

5.3%

6.0%

-0.7

* Data subject to revision.

 

 

 



































Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – October 2015


Metropolitan Area

October
2015*

October
2014**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

96,200

95,500

700

Carbondale-Marion MSA

54,900

55,800

-900

Champaign-Urbana MSA

111,500

110,400

1,100

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,668,400

3,618,800

49,600

Danville MSA

29,700

29,200

500

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

180,900

184,800

-3,900

Decatur MSA

51,100

51,300

-200

Elgin Metro Division

259,500

255,300

4,200

Kankakee MSA

45,600

45,600

0

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

402,800

406,500

-3,700

Peoria MSA

178,600

180,400

-1,800

Rockford MSA

151,900

152,500

-600

Springfield MSA

113,500

112,300

1,200

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

231,300

232,600

-1,300

Illinois Statewide

5,990,400

5,949,300

41,100

 

                *Preliminary    **Revised