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July Local Unemployment Falls in Seven Metros

​8/22/2013

For Immediate Release | Greg Rivara, Media: (312) 793-9635  PDF version​

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CHICAGO - July local unemployment rates fell in seven of 12 metro areas, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Not seasonally adjusted data compares July 2013 to July 2012. Largest decreases: Metro East ( 1.0 point to 8.6 percent), Lake County (-0.4 to 8.4 percent) and Rockford ( 0.3 to 11.4 percent). Largest increases: Decatur (+1.9 points to 13.2 percent), Peoria (+1.4 to 9.4 percent), Danville (+1.2 to 11.8 percent) and Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+0.3 to 9.7 percent).

Jobs increased in four metros and declined in eight. Largest increases: Champaign-Urbana (+2.4 percent, +2,400), Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+1.9 percent, +69,800), and Kankakee-Bradley (+0.5 percent, +200). Industry sectors increasing in the most metros: Leisure and Hospitality (eight of 12) and Educational and Health Services (seven of 12).

 "Chicago and suburban job growth are drawing more people to look for work. Weaker manufacturing touched Downstate," IDES Director Jay Rowell said.

Not seasonally adjusted data compares the current month to the same month of the previous year. The July 2013 not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 9.6 percent and 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in July 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. Historically, the state unemployment rate is higher than the national rate.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

​Metropolitan Area July 2013*​ ​July 2012**
​Bloomington-Normal ​7.8% ​7.7%
​Champaign-Urbana ​8.9% ​9.1%
​Chicago-Joliet-Naperville ​9.7% ​9.4%
​Danville ​11.8% ​10.6%
​Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl. ​6.9% ​7.1%
​Decatur ​13.2% ​11.3%
​Kankakee-Bradley ​11.2% ​11.3%
​​Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI ​8.4% ​8.8%
​Peoria ​9.4% ​8.0%
​Rockford ​11.4% ​11.7%
​Springfield ​8.0% ​8.1%
​St. Louis (IL Section) ​8.6% ​9.6%
​*Data subject to revision.
 

Total Non-farm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) - July 2013
​Metropolitan Area ​July 2013* ​July 2012** ​Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington-Normal MSA​ ​88,600 ​89,100 ​-500
Champaign-Urbana MSA​ ​103,400 ​101,000 ​2,400
​Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Div. ​3,799,000 ​3,729,200 ​69,800
​Danville MSA ​29,200 ​29,600 ​-400
​Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA ​185,900 ​185,600 ​300
​Decatur MSA ​50,100 ​52,200 ​-2,100
​Kankakee-Bradley MSA ​43,500 ​43,300 ​200
​Lake County-Kenosha County Metro Div. ​392,400 ​392,700 ​-300
​Peoria MSA ​182,500 ​186,300 ​-3,800
​Rockford MSA ​148,700 ​149,500 ​-800
​Springfield MSA ​111,100 ​111,300 ​-200
​Illinois Section of ​St. Louis MSA ​227,900 ​230,200 ​-2,300
​*Preliminary **Revised