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Unemployment Drops as State Adds 600 Jobs

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Illinois Up 105,600 Jobs Since Recovery; Leads Midwest in Growth

CHICAGO - The November unemployment rate fell to 10 percent as the state added 600 jobs, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The data is seasonally adjusted. The decline from 10.1 percent occurs as Illinois has added jobs in eight of the past 11 months.

"Illinois' economy continues to take small, positive steps despite the pressure of an uneven national recovery," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "Illinois has recorded job growth in eight of 11 months. We have averaged nearly 6,000 new jobs each month this year. And we continue to lead the Midwest in job growth since the recovery began. This is progress that people can see. Illinois' economy is moving in the right direction."

Illinois has added +62,300 jobs so far this year and +105,600 jobs since January 2010 when job growth returned to Illinois after 23 consecutive months of declines. That represents a 1.9 percent job growth, compared to the nation's 1.9 percent. Since January 2010, leading growth sectors in Illinois are Professional and Business Services (+53,800); Educational and Health Services (+38,100); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+22,600); and Manufacturing (+18,200). Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down -13,600.

In November 2011, unemployed individuals decreased for the first time since April, down -8,100 (-1.2 percent) to 660,600. Total unemployed has declined -79,500 (-10.7 percent) since January 2010 when the state unemployment rate peaked at 11.2 percent. 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.

The IDES supports economic stability by administering unemployment benefits, collecting business contributions to fund those benefits, connecting employers with qualified job seekers, and providing economic information to assist career planning and economic development. It does so through nearly 60 offices, including Illinois workNet centers.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

November 2011 October 2011 November 2010 3-Month Moving Avg.
Illinois 10.0% 10.1% 9.4%* 10.0%
U.S. 8.6% 9.0% 9.8%* 8.9%

* Revised

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-farm Jobs - by Major Industry

Industry Title November 2011* October 2011** November 2010** Over the Month Change Over the Year Change 3-Month Moving Avg. Change from Previous 3-Month Mov. Avg.
Total Nonfarm 5,686,100 5,685,500 5,629,000 600 57,100 5,676,700 8,700
Mining 9,600 9,300 9,400 300 200 9,500 0
Construction 199,400 201,100 197,200 -1,700 2,200 200,600 -1,900
Manufacturing 571,400 571,500 560,600 -100 10,800 570,800 300
Trade, Transportation, & Utilities 1,141,400 1,142,300 1,127,200 -900 14,200 1,140,200 2,200
Information 96,800 97,400 101,400 -600 -4,600 96,600 -200
Financial Activities 356,800 358,100 359,400 -1,300 -2,600 356,900 -100
Professional and Business Services 834,100 830,500 805,700 3,600 28,400 828,000 5,000
Educational and Health Services 859,800 859,500 844,600 300 15,200 858,100 3,400
Leisure and Hospitality 522,300 521,700 518,100 600 4,200 521,000 1,100
Other Services 251,700 251,800 253,100 -100 -1,400 252,400 -700
Government 842,800 842,300 852,300 500 -9,500 842,700 -200

* Preliminary

** Revised