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Metro Area Unemployment Rates Continue Rising - Job Growth Remains Slow

Contact: Anjali Julka, 312-793-9635,anjali.julka@illinois.govMetro_December2015.pdfMetro_December2015.pdf​

CHICAGO –Illinois jobs decreased in six metropolitan areas and unemployment rates increased in eleven regions, according to data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  The unemployment rate remained the same in three areas and one metro area saw no change in non farm jobs.  The not seasonally adjusted data compares over-the-year change from December 2015 with December 2014.

Illinois businesses lost jobs in areas including the Quad Cities (-2.4 percent, -4,500), Decatur (-1.8 percent, -900), Carbondale-Marion (-1.3 percent, -700), and Lake-Kenosha (-1.3 percent, -5,100).  Illinois businesses added jobs in seven metros including Elgin (+1.6 percent, +4,100), Champaign-Urbana (+0.8 percent, +900), Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division (+0.7 percent or +26,800), and Danville (+0.7 percent, +200). Two industries recorded job growth: Education and Health Services (nine sectors) and Leisure and Hospitality (eight sectors).

“Illinois took another hit on jobs and many metro areas continue to absorb these hits,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Since the previous jobs peak in 2007, only three out of fourteen metro areas have regained the jobs lost during the recession.”

The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.9 percent in December 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 December 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

December 2015

December 2014

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

5.4%

4.8%

0.6

Carbondale-Marion

6.5%

6.0%

0.5

Champaign-Urbana

5.4%

5.0%

0.4

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

5.6%

5.6%

0.0

Danville

7.4%

7.0%

0.4

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

5.9%

5.9%

0.0

Decatur

7.4%

7.0%

0.4

Elgin

6.2%

6.0%

0.2

Kankakee

7.0%

6.8%

0.2

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

5.8%

5.7%

0.1

Peoria

7.0%

6.2%

0.8

Rockford

7.2%

6.9%

0.3

Springfield

5.4%

5.3%

0.1

St. Louis (IL-Section)

6.1%

6.1%

0.0

Illinois Statewide

5.9%

5.8%

0.1

* Data subject to revision.

 

 

 

   



 


















Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – December 2015


Metropolitan Area

December
2015*

December
2014**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

95,100

95,000

100

Carbondale-Marion MSA

54,500

55,200

-700

Champaign-Urbana MSA

110,600

109,700

900

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,658,100

3,631,300

26,800

Danville MSA

29,700

29,500

200

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

179,500

184,000

-4,500

Decatur MSA

50,300

51,200

-900

Elgin Metro Division

255,700

251,600

4,100

Kankakee MSA

45,700

45,700

0

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

396,400

401,500

-5,100

Peoria MSA

178,700

178,400

300

Rockford MSA

152,000

152,300

-300

Springfield MSA

112,900

112,400

500

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

230,500

231,400

-900

Illinois Statewide

5,949,700

5,951,300

-1,600

 

                *Preliminary    **Revised


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