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Unemployment Rate Drops in All Metro Areas for Fifth Consecutive Month - Jobs increase in eight metro areas

Contact: Bob Gough 217-685-4454 |  Bob.Gough@illinois.gov​ |  October 2017 FINAL Metro.pdfPDF Version

11/22/17 - ​Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in October in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas and in all 102 counties, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Data also show nonfarm jobs increased in eight of the metropolitan areas and decreased in six.

“It is encouraging that the unemployment rate is down statewide and Illinois gained 18,200 jobs over the past year,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “However, six of the 14 metro areas did not add jobs, which is a clear sign of the need for more sustained job growth across all areas of the state.”

Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metro areas, with the largest increases in: Carbondale-Marion (+2.1 percent, +1,200), Kankakee (+2.0 percent, +900), and Lake/Kenosha (+1.3 percent, +5,300). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+0.6 percent or +20,800). Illinois businesses lost jobs in six metro areas, with the largest losses in: Danville (-1.0 percent, -300), Springfield (-0.9 percent, -1,100), and Champaign (-0.5 percent, -600).

The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas included Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities (9 of 14) and Education and Health Services (9 of 14).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares October 2017 with October 2016. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 4.7 percent in October 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 3.9 percent in October 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

Oct.

2017

Oct.

2016

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

3.8%

4.8%

-1.0

Carbondale-Marion

4.4%

5.4%

-1.0

Champaign-Urbana

4.1%

4.9%

-0.8

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

4.9%

5.7%

-0.8

Danville

6.0%

6.8%

-0.8

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

4.1%

5.2%

-1.1

Decatur

5.2%

6.1%

-0.9

Elgin

4.2%

5.0%

-0.8

Kankakee

4.8%

5.9%

-1.1

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

3.9%

4.7%

-0.8

Peoria

4.7%

6.0%

-1.3

Rockford

5.0%

6.2%

-1.2

Springfield

4.0%

4.5%

-0.5

St. Louis (IL-Section)

4.4%

5.3%

-0.9

Illinois Statewide

4.7%

5.6%

-0.9

* Data subject to revision.

 

 

 

































Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – October 2017


Metropolitan Area

October
2017*

October
2016**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

95,900

95,000

900

Carbondale-Marion MSA

59,200

58,000

1,200

Champaign-Urbana MSA

111,900

112,500

-600

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,776,100

3,755,300

20,800

Danville MSA

28,300

28,600

-300

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

185,100

184,100

1,000

Decatur MSA

51,500

51,700

-200

Elgin Metro Division

258,500

259,200

-700

Kankakee MSA

46,200

45,300

900

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

418,100

412,800

5,300

Peoria MSA

177,100

176,800

300

Rockford MSA

151,900

152,500

-600

Springfield MSA

115,500

116,600

-1,100

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

240,400

239,100

1,300

Illinois Statewide

6,107,400

6,089,200

18,200

 

                *Preliminary    **Revised