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Unemployment Rate Declines to 9.3 Percent

​5/16/2013

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

April Shows Job Growth Over Year; Loss Over Month

 CHICAGO - The April unemployment rate fell to 9.3 percent from 9.5 percent in March, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). There were -2,000 fewer jobs over the month yet +40,300 more jobs than one year ago. The data is seasonally adjusted.

 "April data reflects the unevenness of this recovery," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "The up-and-down movement in the monthly figures masks the 216,000 jobs that have been added during this part of the economic cycle. This uneven path forward likely will continue until consumer and business confidence can be sustained at the national level."


Illinois has added +216,000 private sector jobs since January 2010 when job growth returned following nearly two years of consecutive monthly declines. Since, the monthly volatility has been significant. When compared to the previous month, Illinois recorded job growth in 27 months and job loss in 13. The unemployment rate increased in seven months, fell in 13 and was unchanged in 10.

Leading growth sectors since January 2010 are Professional and Business Services (+91,600); Education and Health Services (+59,600); and Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+37,600). Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down -24,700.

In April 2013, the number of unemployed individuals decreased -18,000 (-2.9 percent) to 611,000. Total unemployed has fallen -141,200 (-18.8 percent) since early 2010 when the state unemployment rate peaked at 11.3 percent for the months of January and February.

The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and seeking employment. A person who exhausts benefits, or is ineligible, still will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work. Historically, the national unemployment rate is lower than the state rate. The state rate has been lower than the national rate only six times since January 2000. This includes periods of economic expansion and contraction.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

​April 2013 ​March 2013 ​April 2012 ​3 Month Moving Avg.
​Illinois ​9.3% ​9.5% ​8.8%* ​9.4%
​U.S. ​7.5% ​7.6% ​8.1%* ​7.6%
​*Revised
 

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-farm Jobs - by Major Industry

​Industry Title  ​April 2013* ​March 2013** ​April 2012** ​Over the Month Change ​Over the Year Change ​3 Month Moving Avg. ​Change from Previous 3 Month Mov. Avg.
Total Nonfarm ​ ​5,775,500 ​5,777,500 ​5,735,200 ​-2,000 ​40,300 ​5,782,300 ​-1,100
​Mining ​10,300 ​10,300 ​10,400 ​0 ​-100 ​10,300 ​0
​Construction ​177,500 ​185,400 ​190,400 ​-7,900 ​-12,900 ​183,400 ​-2,400
​Manufacturing ​583,000 ​583,700 ​582,600 ​-700 ​400 ​583,500 ​400
​Trade, Transportation, & Utilities ​1,158,500 ​1,159,900 ​1,153,800 ​-1,400 ​4,700 ​1,161,800 ​-2,400
​Information  ​99,700 ​99,500 ​100,400 ​200 ​-700 ​99,700 ​0
​Financial Activites ​371,400 ​371,200 ​365,000 ​200 ​6,400 ​371,300 ​200
​Professional and Business Services ​872,500 ​869,600 ​856,900 ​2,900 ​15,600 ​872,700 ​1,200
​Educational and Health Services ​880,600 ​879,600 ​860,000 ​1,000 ​20,600 ​878,900 ​1,800
​Leisure and Hospitality ​536,300 ​535,100 ​534,700 ​1,200 ​1,600 ​537,300 ​-900
​Other Services ​254,100 ​253,100 ​249,400 ​1,000 ​4,700 ​252,900 ​700
​​Government ​831,600 ​830,100 ​831,600 ​1,500 ​0 ​830,700 ​500
​*Preliminary **Revised