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Unemployment Falls in Most Areas Compared to Last Year

​5/23/2013

For Immediate Release | Greg Rivara, Media Contact: (312) 793-9635  PDF version​

Chicago, Rockford, Champaign Metros Lead Job Growth

CHICAGO - April local unemployment rates fell in nine 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 April 2013 to April 2012. The largest decreases were in: Metro East (-1.2 points to 7.4 percent), Rockford (-1.0 point to 9.9 percent), and Kankakee-Bradley (-0.8 point to 9.8 percent). The Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metropolitan Division rate was up +0.5 point to 9.3 percent. Decatur (+0.8 point to 10.3 percent) and Peoria (+0.7 point to 7.9 percent) recorded the largest increases.

Jobs were added in four metro areas and declined in eight. The largest increases were in: Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+1.3 percent, +47,300), Rockford (+1.1 percent, +1,600), and Champaign-Urbana (+1.0 percent, +1,100). Industry sectors increasing in the most metros were Educational and Health Services (10 of 12) and Financial Activities (nine of 12).

 "For the first time since last December, the over-the-year monthly unemployment rates decreased in a majority of our metro areas in Illinois," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "While this is hopefully an indicator of an improving labor market, as in past months, it might be a continuation of the uneven national economic recovery."


Not seasonally adjusted data compares the current month to the same month of the previous year. The April 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 7.1 percent in April 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  ​Apr. 2013* ​Apr. 2012
​Bloomington-Normal ​5.8% ​6.2%
​Champaign-Urbana ​6.6% ​7.1%
​Chicago-Joliet-Naperville ​9.3% ​8.8%
​Danville ​8.9% ​9.1%
​Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl. ​6.2% ​6.8%
​Decatur ​10.3% ​9.5%
​Kankakee-Bradley ​9.8% ​10.6%
​Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI ​7.7% 8.1%​
​Peoria ​7.9% ​7.2%
​Rockford ​9.9% ​10.9%
​Springfield ​6.4% ​6.8%
​St. Louis (IL-Section) ​7.4% ​8.6%
​*Data subject to revision
 

Total Non-farm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) - April 2013

​Metropolitan Area  ​April 2013** ​April 2012** ​Over the Year Change
Bloomington-Normal MSA​ ​90,800 ​92,500 ​-1,700
​Champaign-Urbana MSA ​107,800 ​106,700 ​1,100
​Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Div. ​3,728,200 ​3,680,900 ​47,300
​Danville MSA ​29,400 ​30,000, ​-600
​Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA ​182,500 ​183,000 ​-500
​Decatur MSA ​50,500 ​53,400 ​-2,900
​Kankakee-Bradley MSA ​43,900 ​43,600 ​300
​Lake County-Kenosha County Metro Div. ​384,400 ​385,300 ​-900
​Peoria MSA ​182,200 ​184,800 ​-2,600
​Rockford MSA ​148,300 ​146,700 ​1,600
​Springfield MSA ​111,500 ​112,600 ​-1,100
​Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA ​232,600 ​233,900 ​-1,300
​*Preliminary **Revised