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Job Growth, Unemployment Increase in February

​3/28/2013

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

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CHICAGO - In February, Illinois recorded job growth in five metropolitan statistical areas while declines occurred in seven, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

February local unemployment rates increased in 10 of 12 metros and decreased in two. More people looking for work this February compared to last February contributed to the higher unemployment rates.

The not seasonally adjusted data compares February 2013 to February 2012.

The largest job increases: Rockford (+2.2 percent, +3,200), Quad Cities (+1.6 percent, +2,800), Champaign-Urbana (+1.5 percent, +1,600) and Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+1.5 percent, +55,000). Sectors increasing in the most metros were Educational and Health Services (nine of 12), Financial Activities and Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (both eight of 12) and Leisure and Hospitality (seven of 12).

Largest increases in unemployment: Decatur (+2.8 points to 13.7 percent), Danville (+1.5 point to 12.4 percent), and Peoria (+1.4 point to 10.4 percent). The Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metropolitan Division rate was up +1.2 point to 10.3 percent.

Not seasonally adjusted data compares the current month to the same month of the previous year. The February 2013 not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 10.5 percent and 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in February 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  ​Feb. 2013* ​Feb. 2012
​Bloomington-Normal ​8.1% ​7.5%
​Champaign-Urbana ​9.3% ​8.6%
​Chicago-Joliet-Naperville ​10.3% ​9.1%
​Danville ​12.4% ​10.9%
​Davenport-Moline_Rock Isl. ​8.2% ​8.3%
​Decatur ​13.7% ​10.9%
​Kankakee-Bradley ​13.3% ​12.9%
Lake Kenosha, IL-WI​ ​10.7% ​10.1%
​Peoria ​10.4% ​9.0%
​Rockford  ​13.4% ​13.0%
​Springfield ​9.2% ​8.4%
​St. Louis (IL-Section) ​10.0% ​10.5%
​*Data subject to revision.
 

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

​Metropolitan Area  ​February 2013* ​February 2012** ​Over the Year Change
​Bloomington-Normal MSA ​90,000 ​90,800 ​-800
​Champaign-Urbana MSA ​105,800 ​104,200 ​1,600
​Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Div. ​3,674,200 ​3,619,200 ​55,000
​Danville MSA ​29,200 ​29,300 ​-100
​Davenport-Moline-Rock ISland MSA ​181,100 ​178,300 ​2,800
​Decatur MSA ​50,000 ​52,300 ​-2,300
​Kankakee-Bradley MSA ​43,200 ​42,900 ​300
​Lake County-Kenosha County Metro Div. ​373,100 ​375,700 ​-2,600
​Peoria MSA ​180,500 ​180,900 ​-400
​Rockford MSA ​146,800 ​143,600 ​3,200
​Springfield MSA ​110,200 ​110,600 ​-400
​Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA  ​226,900 ​228,700 ​-1,800
​*Preliminary **Revised