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Unemployment Rates Increase in All Metro Areas - Illinois continues to lag behind nation in job growth despite jobs increase

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

CHICAGO–Unemployment rates increased in all of the metro areas compared to last year, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The increase in the unemployment rate in most metropolitan areas is partially due to more people looking for work.

“Illinois’ overall job growth rate remains among the slowest in the country and metro area unemployment rates continue to rise, even with an increase in jobs in February,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Structural reforms will provide the resources we need to more effectively build a stronger workforce and help communities towards achieving economic stability.”

Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metros, in which the largest increases were seen in: Lake-Kenosha (+2.3 percent, +8,800), Rockford (+2.1 percent, +3,100), and Champaign (+1.9, +2,000). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+1.7 percent or +62,100). Illinois businesses lost jobs in six metro areas including Bloomington (-1.9 percent, -1,800), the Quad Cities (-1.2 percent, -2,100), and Carbondale-Marion (-0.9 percent, -500). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metros were: Retail (11 of 14), Education and Health Services (11 of 14), Government (10 of 14), Leisure and Hospitality (nine of 14), Professional and Business Services (eight of 14), and Other Services (eight of 14).
Not seasonally adjusted data compares February 2016 with February 2015. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 7.0 percent in February 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 5.2 percent in February 2016 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
February 2016
February 2015
Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington
6.3%
5.0%
1.3
Carbondale-Marion
7.2%
6.0%
1.2
Champaign-Urbana
6.2%
5.4%
0.8
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights
6.7%
6.5%
0.2
Danville
8.4%
7.4%
1.0
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
6.8%
6.1%
0.7
Decatur
8.2%
7.4%
0.8
Elgin
7.1%
6.4%
0.7
Kankakee
8.1%
7.4%
0.7
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI
6.7%
6.1%
0.6
Peoria
8.1%
6.7%
1.4
Rockford
8.0%
7.2%
0.8
Springfield
6.3%
5.7%
0.6
St. Louis (IL-Section)
7.2%
6.4%
0.8
Illinois Statewide
7.0%
6.5%
0.5
* Data subject to revision.
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – February 2016

Metropolitan Area
February
2016*
February
2015**
Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington MSA
93,500
95,300
-1,800
Carbondale-Marion MSA
56,400
56,900
-500
Champaign-Urbana MSA
109,800
107,800
2,000
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division
3,623,500
3,561,400
62,100
Danville MSA
29,000
29,200
-200
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA
177,800
179,900
-2,100
Decatur MSA
49,900
50,200
-300
Elgin Metro Division
250,600
246,100
4,500
Kankakee MSA
44,600
43,800
800
Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division
397,100
388,300
8,800
Peoria MSA
175,000
175,600
-600
Rockford MSA
150,700
147,600
3,100
Springfield MSA
111,400
110,000
1,400
Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA
234,000
230,000
4,000
Illinois Statewide
5,888,100
5,819,900
68,200
 
                *Preliminary    **Revised