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Unemployment Drops in Most Areas Compared to Last Year

​6/27/2013

For Immediate Release | Greg Rivara, Media contact: (312) 793-9635 

Chicago Payrolls Add 60,400 Jobs; Champaign, Rockford Also Gain

CHICAGO - May local unemployment rates fell in eight of 12 metro areas compared to last year, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Not seasonally adjusted data compares May 2013 to May 2012. Largest decreases: Metro East (-1.0 points to 7.5 percent), Rockford (-0.8 point to 9.9 percent), and Kankakee-Bradley (-0.5 point to 9.7 percent). Largest increases: Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metropolitan Division (+0.5 point to 9.3 percent), Danville (+1.0 point to 9.7 percent), Peoria (+0.8 point to 7.8 percent), and Decatur (+0.6 point to 10.3 percent).

Jobs were added in six metro areas and declined in six. Largest increases: Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+1.6 percent, +60,400), Champaign-Urbana (+1.2 percent, +1,200), and Rockford (+0.9 percent, +1,400). Industry sectors increasing in the most metros: Educational and Health Services (10 of 12) and Financial Activities (eight of 12).

"Falling unemployment rates in most areas of our state reflect a national economy that is moving forward while looking for a reason to build momentum," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "Our local economies will get a bigger push when the national recovery becomes more stable, and that will be contingent upon sustained global growth and growing consumer confidence."

Not seasonally adjusted data compares the current month to the same month of the previous year. The May 2013 not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 8.7 percent and 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in May 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 ​May 2013* ​May 2012
​Bloomington-Normal ​6.1% ​6.3%
​Champaign-Urbana ​6.9% ​7.2%
​Chicago-Joliet_Naperville ​9.3% ​8.8%
​Danville ​9.7% ​8.7%
​Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl. ​6.3% ​6.6%
​Decatur ​10.3% ​9.7%
​Kankakee-Bradley ​9.7% ​10.2%
​Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI ​7.4% ​7.8%
​Peoria ​7.8% ​7.0%
​Rockford ​9.9% ​10.7%
​Springfield ​6.5% ​6.8%
​St. Louis (IL-Section) ​7.5% ​8.5%
​*Data subject to revision
 
Total Non-farm Jobs (Nor Seasonally Adjusted) - May 2013

​Metropolitan Area  ​May 2013* ​May 2012** ​Over the Year Change
​Bloomington-Normal MSA ​91,600 ​92,400 ​-800
​Champaign-Urbana MSA ​108,200 ​107,000 ​1,200
​Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Div. ​3,774,000 ​3,713,600 ​60,400
​Danville MSA ​29,300 ​30,000 ​-700
​Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA ​184,900 ​184,700 ​200
​Decatur MSA ​50,700 ​53,200 ​-2,500
​Kankakee-Bradley MSA ​44,300 ​44,000 ​300
​Lake County-Kenosha County Metro Div. ​393,600 ​392,000 ​1,600
​Peoria MSA ​183,200 ​186,700 ​-3,500
​Rockford MSA ​149,200 ​147,800 ​1,400
​Springfield MSA ​112,600 ​113,100 ​-500
​Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA ​233,700 ​235,900 ​-2,200
​*Preliminary  ​**Revised