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Jobs Up in All Metro Areas for First Time Since May 2000 - Unemployment rate down or unchanged in thirteen Metros

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​8/22/19 - The number of nonfarm jobs increased in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in July, 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 shows the unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in July in eleven Illinois metropolitan areas, increased in one and was unchanged in two.

“We are thrilled to announce that jobs grew in every metro area for the first time since May 2000 and this administration will continue to build on our momentum with policies that invest in our future,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “That’s why Governor Pritzker worked hard to pass a balanced budget that makes historic investments in education and a bipartisan capital bill that will help grow our economy for years to come.” 

Illinois businesses added jobs in all fourteen metro areas, with the largest percentage increases in: Carbondale-Marion (+2.3%, +1,300), Lake - Kenosha (+2.3%, +9,900), Danville (+2.2%, +600), and Rockford (+2.0%, +3,000). The Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights metro division was up (+1.3% or +47,700).

The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas included Leisure and​ Hospitality (13 of 14), Mining and Construction (10 of 14), Government (9 of 14), Manufacturing (8 of 14), Professional and Business Services (8 of 14) and Education and Health Services (8 of 14).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares July 2019 with July 2018. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 4.2 percent in July 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 4.0 percent in July 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

July 2019

July

2018

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

4.1%

4.6%

-0.5

Carbondale-Marion

4.2%

5.2%

-1.0

Champaign-Urbana

4.2%

4.9%

-0.7

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

4.1%

4.1%

0.0

Danville

5.4%

6.6%

-1.2

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

3.9%

3.9%

0.0

Decatur

5.4%

6.0%

-0.6

Elgin

4.2%

4.8%

-0.6

Kankakee

4.6%

5.3%

-0.7

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

3.8%

4.2%

-0.4

Peoria

4.5%

5.1%

-0.6

Rockford

6.5%

5.4%

1.1

Springfield

3.9%

4.3%

-0.4

St. Louis (IL-Section)

4.2%

5.0%

-0.8

Illinois Statewide

4.2%

4.5%

-0.3

     * Data subject to revision.


















Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – July 2019

 

Metropolitan Area

July

2019*

July

2018**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

89,900

89,700

200

Carbondale-Marion MSA

58,100

56,800

1,300

Champaign-Urbana MSA

108,200

106,500

1,700

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,859,400

3,811,700

47,700

Danville MSA

27,500

26,900

600

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

187,800

186,800

1,000

Decatur MSA

52,300

51,600

700

Elgin Metro Division

270,000

265,200

4,800

Kankakee MSA

46,000

45,900

100

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

439,000

429,100

9,900

Peoria MSA

176,700

176,200

500

Rockford MSA

155,900

152,900

3,000

Springfield MSA

115,900

114,400

1,500

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

240,300

237,400

2,900

Illinois Statewide

6,210,200

6,132,100

78,100

                *Preliminary    **Revised