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Unemployment Rates Increase in Most Metro Areas - More than half of Illinois Metro areas have fewer jobs than a year ago

​​Contact: Bob Gough  217-685-4454 |  Bob.Gough@illinois.gov​   

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​CHICAGO – The majority of Illinois’ metropolitan (metro) areas experienced increases in their over-the-year unemployment rate. Five of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs, eight reported declines, and one was unchanged, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

“Job losses outside of the Chicago area continue to hamper overall statewide job growth,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The decrease in the Chicago and Quad Cities unemployment rate is again offset by increased unemployment rates in most of the other metro areas.”

Illinois businesses added jobs in five metro areas, in which the largest increases were seen in: Springfield (+2.0 percent, +2,200), Champaign (+0.7 percent, +700), and Elgin (+0.5 percent, +1,300). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+0.4 percent or +15,600). Illinois businesses lost jobs in eight metro areas including Peoria (-2.7 percent, -4,700), Rockford (-2.5 percent, -3,700), and Bloomington (-2.4 percent, -2,200). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas were: Professional and Business Services (eight of 14) and Education and Health Services (eight of 14).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares January 2017 with January 2016. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 6.5 percent in January 2017 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 January 2017 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

Jan.

2017

Jan.

2016

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

6.1%

5.9%

0.2

Carbondale-Marion

7.0%

6.8%

0.2

Champaign-Urbana

6.1%

5.9%

0.2

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

5.8%

6.5%

-0.7

Danville

8.6%

8.2%

0.4

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

6.3%

6.7%

-0.4

Decatur

7.7%

7.7%

0.0

Elgin

7.2%

6.8%

0.4

Kankakee

8.3%

7.9%

0.4

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

6.5%

6.2%

0.3

Peoria

8.3%

7.7%

0.6

Rockford

11.1%

7.8%

3.3

Springfield

6.1%

5.9%

0.2

St. Louis (IL-Section)

6.6%

6.7%

-0.1

Illinois Statewide

6.5%

6.7%

-0.2

* Data subject to revision.

 

 

 


































Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – January 2017


Metropolitan Area

Jan.
2017*

Jan.
2016**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

90,500

92,700

-2,200

Carbondale-Marion MSA

55,600

55,900

-300

Champaign-Urbana MSA

107,200

106,500

700

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,645,100

3,629,500

15,600

Danville MSA

28,400

28,600

-200

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

180,700

179,900

800

Decatur MSA

50,500

50,800

-300

Elgin Metro Division

245,900

244,600

1,300

Kankakee MSA

43,600

43,600

0

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

396,500

400,200

-3,700

Peoria MSA

169,300

174,000

-4,700

Rockford MSA

145,000

148,700

-3,700

Springfield MSA

114,200

112,000

2,200

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

231,000

231,200

-200

Illinois Statewide

5,892,300

5,881,000

11,300

 

                *Preliminary    **Revised