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Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall in most Metros - Jobs increase in ten metros

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10/25/18 - Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in September in twelve of Illinois’s metropolitan areas, increased in one, and was unchanged in one, 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 ten of the metropolitan areas.

“The unemployment rate continues to decline in most metros” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “At the same time, Illinois also saw its lowest number of unemployment claims filed in the month of September in forty-five years.”

Illinois businesses added jobs in ten metro areas, with the largest increases in: Kankakee (+6.2 percent, +2,900), Elgin (+1.7 percent, +4,300), and the Quad Cities (+1.2 percent, + 2,300). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+0.7 percent or +25,200). Illinois businesses lost jobs in four metro areas: Carbondale-Marion (-0.9 percent, -500), Springfield (-0.5 percent, -600), Bloomington (-0.4 percent, -400), and Peoria (-0.1 percent, -200).

The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas included Manufacturing (10 of 14), Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (10 of 14), Professional and Business Services (10 of 14), Mining and Construction (9 of 14), and Education and Health Services (9 of 14).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares September 2018 with September 2017. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 3.8 percent in September 2018 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in September 2018 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

Sept. 2018

Sept. 2017

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

3.6%

3.6%

0.0

Carbondale-Marion

4.2%

4.4%

-0.2

Champaign-Urbana

3.8%

3.7%

0.1

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

3.6%

4.9%

-1.3

Danville

5.1%

5.8%

-0.7

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

3.7%

4.1%

-0.4

Decatur

4.7%

5.0%

-0.3

Elgin

3.9%

4.0%

-0.1

Kankakee

4.2%

4.5%

-0.3

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

3.6%

3.7%

-0.1

Peoria

4.4%

4.7%

-0.3

Rockford

4.6%

5.0%

-0.4

Springfield

3.7%

3.9%

-0.2

St. Louis (IL-Section)

4.0%

4.3%

-0.3

Illinois Statewide

3.8%

4.6%

-0.8

     * Data subject to revision.

























Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – September 2018


Metropolitan Area

September

2018*

September

2017**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

94,300

94,700

-400

Carbondale-Marion MSA

57,600

58,100

-500

Champaign-Urbana MSA

113,600

113,000

600

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,788,600

3,763,400

25,200

Danville MSA

28,500

28,300

200

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

187,600

185,300

2,300

Decatur MSA

52,000

51,700

300

Elgin Metro Division

263,900

259,600

4,300

Kankakee MSA

49,900

47,000

2,900

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

424,400

421,600

2,800

Peoria MSA

172,200

172,400

-200

Rockford MSA

152,600

151,300

1,300

Springfield MSA

112,900

113,500

-600

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

242,200

241,300

900

Illinois Statewide

6,159,000

6,103,600

55,400

                *Preliminary    **Revised