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Unemployment Rates Increase in Most Metro Areas

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CHICAGO – Unemployment rates increased in a majority of the metro areas – as did the number of people entering the workforce – indicating many individuals did not find employment, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

“Though more people in Illinois entered the labor force, they were not able to find jobs,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “With Illinois trailing the rest of the country in job creation, we need structural reforms to get more people back to work.”

The unemployment rate increased in 13 metro areas and declined in one. Illinois businesses added jobs in nine metros, in which the largest increases were seen in: Rockford (+2.5 percent, +3,700), Lake-Kenosha (+2.1 percent, +8,200), and Carbondale-Marion (+1.8, +1,000). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+1.5 percent or +53,100). Illinois businesses lost jobs in four metro areas including Bloomington (-1.2 percent, -1,100), Danville (-1.0 percent, -300), and the Quad Cities (-0.9 percent, -1,700). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metros were: Retail (13 of 14), Mining and Construction (10 of 14), Education and Health Services (10 of 14), Leisure and Hospitality (nine of 14), Government (nine of 14), Professional and Business Services (eight of 14) and Other Services (eight of 14).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares January 2016 with January 2015.  The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 7.1 percent in January 2016 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in January 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

January 2016

January 2015

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

6.5%

5.3%

1.2

Carbondale-Marion

7.7%

6.5%

1.2

Champaign-Urbana

6.7%

5.7%

1.0

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

6.6%

6.9%

-0.3

Danville

9.1%

7.7%

1.4

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

7.1%

6.5%

0.6

Decatur

8.7%

7.8%

0.9

Elgin

7.5%

6.7%

0.8

Kankakee

8.7%

7.9%

0.8

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

7.0%

6.4%

0.6

Peoria

8.6%

7.2%

1.4

Rockford

8.5%

7.7%

0.8

Springfield

6.6%

5.9%

0.7

St. Louis (IL-Section)

7.4%

6.8%

0.6

Illinois Statewide

7.1%

6.8%

0.3

* Data subject to revision.

 

 

 



































Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – January 2016

Metropolitan Area

January
2016

January
2015**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

92,500

93,600

-1,100

Carbondale-Marion MSA

56,000

55,000

1,000

Champaign-Urbana MSA

106,500

105,400

1,100

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,601,100

3,548,000

53,100

Danville MSA

28,900

29,200

-300

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

178,200

179,900

-1,700

Decatur MSA

50,000

50,000

0

Elgin Metro Division

247,500

244,100

3,400

Kankakee MSA

43,800

43,100

700

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

396,600

388,400

8,200

Peoria MSA

174,300

174,900

-600

Rockford MSA

150,900

147,200

3,700

Springfield MSA

111,000

110,000

1,000

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

232,100

228,200

3,900

Illinois Statewide

5,851,000

5,790,000

61,000

 

                    **Revised