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Unemployment Rates Decrease in Twelve Metro Areas - Much of Downstate still suffering job losses

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CHICAGO–Twelve of Illinois’ metropolitan (metro) areas experienced decreases in their over-the-year unemployment rate and eight of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).
 
"Our job growth rate is still half that of the rest of the country,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Most of our job growth is concentrated primarily in the northeast corner of the state while downstate job growth continues to lag.”
 
Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metro areas, in which the largest increases were seen in: Elgin (+2.1 percent, +5,300), Rockford (+1.9 percent, +2,900), and Lake-Kenosha (+1.6 percent, +6,800). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+1.2 percent or +44,900). Illinois businesses lost jobs in five metro areas including Carbondale-Marion (-2.5 percent, -1,400), the Quad Cities (-2.3 percent, -4,200), and Decatur (-1.5 percent, -800). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas were: Retail Trade (nine of 14), Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (nine of 14), Education and Health Services (eight of 14), Leisure and Hospitality (eight of 14), and Government (eight of 14).
 
Not seasonally adjusted data compares July 2016 with July 2015. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.6 percent in July 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 5.1 percent in July 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

 
 

July

 

2016

 
 

July

 

2015

 
 

Over-the-Year Change

 
Bloomington
 
 

5.2%

 
 

5.2%

 
 

0.0

 
Carbondale-Marion
 
 

6.0%

 
 

6.2%

 
 

-0.2

 
 

Champaign-Urbana

 
 

5.1%

 
 

5.5%

 
 

-0.4

 
 

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

 
 

5.6%

 
 

6.2%

 
 

-0.6

 
 

Danville

 
 

7.1%

 
 

7.4%

 
 

-0.3

 
 

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

 
 

5.6%

 
 

5.4%

 
 

0.2

 
 

Decatur

 
 

6.7%

 
 

7.8%

 
 

-1.1

 
 

Elgin

 
 

5.1%

 
 

5.8%

 
 

-0.7

 
 

Kankakee

 
 

6.1%

 
 

6.8%

 
 

-0.7

 
 

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

 
 

4.8%

 
 

5.3%

 
 

-0.5

 
 

Peoria

 
 

6.3%

 
 

6.8%

 
 

-0.5

 
 

Rockford

 
 

6.2%

 
 

7.8%

 
 

-1.6

 
 

Springfield

 
 

4.7%

 
 

5.3%

 
 

-0.6

 
 

St. Louis (IL-Section)

 
 

5.7%

 
 

6.4%

 
 

-0.7

 
 

Illinois Statewide

 
 

5.6%

 
 

6.2%

 
 

-0.6

 
 

* Data subject to revision.

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 
 
Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – July 2016
 
 

Metropolitan Area

July
2016*

July
2015**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

91,500

92,800

-1,300

Carbondale-Marion MSA

55,400

56,800

-1,400

Champaign-Urbana MSA

106,500

105,000

500

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,726,800

3,681,900

44,900

Danville MSA

29,200

29,100

100

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

181,100

185,300

-4,200

Decatur MSA

51,000

51,800

-800

Elgin Metro Division

261,200

255,900

5,300

Kankakee MSA

44,300

44,300

-0-

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

421,000

414,200

6,800

Peoria MSA

178,000

179,100

-1,100

Rockford MSA

155,400

152,500

2,900

Springfield MSA

114,600

113,400

1,200

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

233,000

232,500

500

Illinois Statewide

6,029,900

5,986,800

43,100

 

                *Preliminary    **Revised