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Manufacturing Drives Private-Sector July Job Growth

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Last Revised: 8/16/2012

Manufacturing Up 21,300 This Year; 140,400 Private Jobs Since 2010

CHICAGO - Illinois added +800 private-sector jobs in July and the unemployment rate inched upward 0.2 to 8.9 percent, 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. A sharp decline in the government's sector of local school jobs brings the net tally to -7,100 fewer positions in July than June.

"Illinois' private sector continues its deliberate job growth while government payrolls continue to shrink. This established trend likely will continue in the near term," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "The slight increase in the unemployment rate was expected given the increase nationally and last year's established trend of slower economic growth during the summer."

Leading growth sectors were Trade, Transportation and Utilities; Professional and Business Services; and Manufacturing. Manufacturing growth accelerated rapidly in 2012 compared with 2011 gains. Over the year, manufacturing sector employment is up +22,400. Local schools reported 6,500 fewer jobs in July than June. Overall, local government was down -7,900 in July.

Illinois added +140,400 private sector jobs since January 2010 when job growth returned following nearly two consecutive years of monthly declines. Since January 2010, leading growth sectors are Professional and Business Services (+76,000); Manufacturing (+44,600); and Educational and Health Services (+31,900). Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down -35,100.

Historically, the national unemployment rate is lower than the state rate. Only six times since January 2000 has the Illinois rate been lower than the national rate.

In July 2012, the number of unemployed individuals increased +15,100 (+2.6 percent) to 587,200, the second consecutive increase following nine monthly declines. Total unemployed has declined -165,600 (-22.0 percent) since January 2010 when the state unemployment rate peaked at 11.4 percent. The 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.

There are 120,000 help-wanted ads on Illinoisjoblink.com, the IDES employment website that links job seekers with employers. This no-cost, career resource allows individuals to create multiple resumes that emphasize different talents and allows businesses to search for specific skills. The keyword matching technology increases the likelihood of a successful new hire. Illinois JobLink emphasizes Illinois jobs, scrapes other commercial job boards, and compares favorably to private efforts that cost hundreds of dollars for a single advertisement.


Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates


July 2012

June 2012

July 2011
3-Month
Moving Avg.
Illinois 8.9% 8.7% 10.1%* 8.7%
U.S. 8.3% 8.2% 9.1%* 8.2%
* Revised

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-farm Jobs - by Major Industry

Industry Title July 2012* June 2012** July 2011** Over the Month Change Over the Year Change 3-Month Moving Avg. Change from Previous 3-Month Mov. Avg.
Total Non-farm 5,686,900 5,694,000 5,658,300 -7,100 28,600 5,691,600 -3,000
Mining 9,800 9,700 9,500 100 300 9,800 100
Construction 185,100 184,500 194,900 600 -9,800 184,400 -1,300
Manufacturing 598,200 596,500 575,800 1,700 22,400 596,300 2,900
Trade, Transportation, & Utilities 1,136,200 1,133,200 1,136,200 3,000 0 1,135,500 500
Information 100,500 99,400 100,700 1,100 -200 99,800 300
Financial Activities 363,700 363,800 361,900 -100 1,800 364,100 200
Professional and Business Services 855,800 853,000 827,200 2,800 28,600 853,200 300
Educational and Health Services 853,500 852,700 854,200 800 -700 852,300 1,100
Leisure and Hospitality 527,000 531,300 515,600 -4,300 11,400 528,600 -1,200
Other Services 236,700 241,600 246,500 -4,900 -9,800 240,800 -2,100
Government 820,400 828,300 835,800 -7,900 -15,400 826,900 -3,700
* Preliminary
** Revised

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