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Jobs up in Eight Metro Areas - Unemployment rate up in most metros

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3/28/19 - ​Unemployment rates increased over-the-year in February in ten of Illinois’s metropolitan areas, decreased in two, and was unchanged in two, 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.

Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metro areas, with the largest percentage increases in: Peoria (+2.4%, +4,000), Carbondale-Marion (+2.1%, +1,200), Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights (+1.4%, +51,600), and Lake-Kenosha (+1.4%, +5,600). The metro areas showing an over-the-year decrease in total nonfarm jobs were Danville (-2.2%, -600), Bloomington (-1.4%, -1,300), St. Louis-IL Section (-0.4%, -1,000), and Champaign-Urbana (-0.4%, -400).

The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas included Manufacturing (10 of 14), Professional and Business Services (9 of 14), Mining and Construction (8 of 14), and Government (8 of 14).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares February 2019 with February 2018. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 4.7 percent in February 2019 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in February 2019 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

Feb. 2019

Feb. 2018

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

4.8%

4.3%

0.5

Carbondale-Marion

5.0%

5.0%

0.0

Champaign-Urbana

4.8%

4.4%

0.4

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

4.0%

4.6%

-0.6

Danville

6.3%

6.6%

-0.3

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

4.8%

4.8%

0.0

Decatur

6.2%

5.7%

0.5

Elgin

5.9%

5.3%

0.6

Kankakee

6.7%

6.1%

0.6

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

5.3%

5.0%

0.3

Peoria

6.0%

5.7%

0.3

Rockford

6.4%

5.7%

0.7

Springfield

5.1%

4.6%

0.5

St. Louis (IL-Section)

5.1%

4.8%

0.3

Illinois Statewide

4.7%

4.9%

-0.2

     * Data subject to revision.























Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – February 2019



Metropolitan Area

February

2019*

February

2018**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

91.800

93,100

-1,300

Carbondale-Marion MSA

58,500

57,300

1,200

Champaign-Urbana MSA

110,800

111,200

-400

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,749,100

3,697,500

51,600

Danville MSA

27,000

27,600

-600

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

183,500

182,000

1,500

Decatur MSA

51,100

51,200

-100

Elgin Metro Division

259,100

255,700

3,400

Kankakee MSA

45,000

44,700

300

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

415,100

409,500

5,600

Peoria MSA

172,900

168,900

4,000

Rockford MSA

151,300

150,500

800

Springfield MSA

112,100

112,200

-100

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

236,600

237,600

-1,000

Illinois Statewide

6,055,100

5,994,600

60,500

                *Preliminary    **Revised