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Seven of 12 Metro Areas See Increase in March Local Unemployment

​4/25/2013

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

Chicago, Rockford, Kankakee Lead March Job Growth

CHICAGO - March local unemployment rates increased in seven of 12 metro areas, decreased in four, and were unchanged in one compared to last year, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Not seasonally adjusted data compares March 2013 to March 2012.

The largest increases were in: Decatur MSA (+1.4 points to 11.8 percent), Danville MSA (+1.1 point to 10.8 percent), and Peoria MSA (+0.9 point to 8.9 percent). The Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metropolitan Division was up +0.5 point to 9.5 percent. The largest decreases were Metro East (-0.9 point to 8.9 percent) and Quad Cities (-0.5 point to 7.2 percent).

Jobs increased in five metros and decreased in seven. Largest increases: Rockford (+1.8 percent, +2,600), Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+1.3 percent, +45,800), and Kankakee-Bradley (+1.2 percent, +500). Industry sectors increasing in the most metros were Educational and Health Services (nine of 12), Financial Activities (eight of 12), and Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (seven of 12).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares the current month to the same month of the previous year. The March 2013 not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 9.4 percent and 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in March 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
​Mar. 2013* ​​Mar. 2012
​Bloomington-Normal ​6.9% ​6.9%
​Champaign-Urbana ​7.9% ​​7.8%
​Chicago-Joliet-Naperville ​9.5% ​​9.0%
​Danville ​10.8% ​​9.7%
​Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl. ​7.2% ​​7.7%
​Decatur ​11.8% ​​10.4%
​Kankakee-Bradley ​11.7% ​​11.9%
​Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI ​9.5% ​9.4%
​Peoria  ​8.9% ​​8.0%
​Rockford ​11.8% ​​12.1%
​Springfield ​7.8% ​​7.6%
​St. Louis (IL-Section) ​8.9% ​9.8%
​*Data subject to revision

Total Non-farm Jobs (Not seasonally Adjusted) - March 2013

​Metropolitan Area  ​March 2013* ​March 2012** ​Over the Year Change
​Bloomington-Normal MSA ​89,800 ​91,100 ​-1,300
​Champaign-Urbana MSA ​107,000 ​105,900 ​1,100
​Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Div. ​3,694,600 ​3,648,800 ​45,800
​Danville MSA ​29,300 ​29,700 ​-400
​Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA ​181,100 ​181,000 ​100
​Decatur MSA ​50,100 ​52,700 ​-2,600
​Kankakee-Bradley MSA ​43,800 ​43,300 ​500
​Lake County Kenosha County Metro Div. ​376,000 ​378,800 ​-2,800
​Peoria MSA ​181,300 ​183,000 ​-1,700
​Rockford MSA ​147,700 ​145,100 ​2,600
​Springfield MSA ​110,700 ​111,500 ​-800
​Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA ​229,200 ​231,300 ​-2,100
​*Preliminary  ​**Revised