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Unemployment Rates Increase in All Metro Areas -First time in six years unemployment rate up in every county

Contact: Anjali Julka, 312-793-9635, anjali.julka@illinois.gov  | April 2016 Metro.pdfApril 2016 Metro.pdf

CHICAGO–All metropolitan areas in Illinois experienced over- the-year unemployment rate increases for the third consecutive month, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

“Illinois is tied for the highest unemployment rate in the nation, even though in prior months, some areas have experienced relatively low unemployment rates,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “This is the first time since January 2010 that every county has had over-the-year increases in their unemployment rate. This is significant in helping to determine true economic conditions across all regions of the state.”

Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metros, in which the largest increases were seen in: Lake-Kenosha (+3.1 percent, +12,200), Rockford (+2.2 percent, +3,300), and Springfield (+1.5, +1,700). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+1.5 percent or +55,000). Illinois businesses lost jobs in six metro areas including Bloomington (-2.7 percent, -2,600), Carbondale-Marion (-1.7 percent, -1,000), and the Quad Cities (-1.6 percent, -2,900). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metros were: Education and Health Services (11 of 14), Retail Trade (10 of 14), Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities (eight of 14), Leisure and Hospitality (eight of 14), Other Services (eight of 14), and Government (eight of 14).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares April 2016 with April 2015. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 6.2 percent in April 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 4.7 percent in April 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

April

2016

April

2015

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

5.4%

3.9%

1.5

Carbondale-Marion

6.3%

5.0%

1.3

Champaign-Urbana

5.3%

4.2%

1.1

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

6.3%

5.7%

0.6

Danville

7.5%

6.0%

1.5

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

5.8%

5.0%

0.8

Decatur

7.1%

5.9%

1.2

Elgin

5.8%

4.9%

0.9

Kankakee

6.8%

5.9%

0.9

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

5.4%

4.7%

0.7

Peoria

6.9%

5.3%

1.6

Rockford

6.9%

6.0%

0.9

Springfield

5.1%

4.4%

0.7

St. Louis (IL-Section)

6.1%

5.1%

1.0

Illinois Statewide

6.2%

5.4%

0.8

* Data subject to revision.

 

 

 





















Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – April 2016​​ ​ ​ ​

Metropolitan Area

April
2016*

April
2015**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

94,300

96,900

-2,600

Carbondale-Marion MSA

58,000

59,000

-1,000

Champaign-Urbana MSA

111,700

110,800

900

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,677,800

3,622,800

55,000

Danville MSA

29,600

29,400

200

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

180,600

183,500

-2,900

Decatur MSA

50,700

51,200

-500

Elgin Metro Division

258,100

254,900

3,200

Kankakee MSA

44,800

44,900

-100

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

411,700

399,500

12,200

Peoria MSA

177,300

178,500

-1,200

Rockford MSA

154,000

150,700

3,300

Springfield MSA

114,400

112,700

1,700

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

237,600

236,100

1,500

Illinois Statewide

5,992,200

5,935,400

56,800

 

                *Preliminary    **Revised