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ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY: Jobs up in Eight Metro Areas

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By Press release submission | Mar 28, 2019


Illinois Department of Employment Security issued the following announcement on March 28.

Unemployment rates increased over-the-year in February in ten of Illinois's metropolitan areas, decreased in two, and was unchanged in two, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Data also show nonfarm jobs increased in eight of the metropolitan areas.

Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metro areas, with the largest percentage increases in: Peoria (+2.4%, +4,000), Carbondale-Marion (+2.1%, +1,200), Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights (+1.4%, +51,600), and Lake-Kenosha (+1.4%, +5,600). The metro areas showing an over-the-year decrease in total nonfarm jobs were Danville (-2.2%, -600), Bloomington (-1.4%, -1,300), St. Louis-IL Section (-0.4%, -1,000), and Champaign-Urbana (-0.4%, -400).

The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas included Manufacturing (10 of 14), Professional and Business Services (9 of 14), Mining and Construction (8 of 14), and Government (8 of 14).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares February 2019 with February 2018. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 4.7 percent in February 2019 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in February 2019 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. 2019

Feb. 2018

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

4.8%

4.3%

0.5

Carbondale-Marion

5.0%

5.0%

0.0

Champaign-Urbana

4.8%

4.4%

0.4

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

4.0%

4.6%

-0.6

Danville

6.3%

6.6%

-0.3

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

4.8%

4.8%

0.0

Decatur

6.2%

5.7%

0.5

Elgin

5.9%

5.3%

0.6

Kankakee

6.7%

6.1%

0.6

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

5.3%

5.0%

0.3

Peoria

6.0%

5.7%

0.3

Rockford

6.4%

5.7%

0.7

Springfield

5.1%

4.6%

0.5

St. Louis (IL-Section)

5.1%

4.8%

0.3

Illinois Statewide

4.7%

4.9%

-0.2

     * Data subject to revision.

Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) - February 2019

 

Metropolitan Area

February

2019*

February

2018**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

91.800

93,100

-1,300

Carbondale-Marion MSA

58,500

57,300

1,200

Champaign-Urbana MSA

110,800

111,200

-400

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,749,100

3,697,500

51,600

Danville MSA

27,000

27,600

-600

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

183,500

182,000

1,500

Decatur MSA

51,100

51,200

-100

Elgin Metro Division

259,100

255,700

3,400

Kankakee MSA

45,000

44,700

300

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

415,100

409,500

5,600

Peoria MSA

172,900

168,900

4,000

Rockford MSA

151,300

150,500

800

Springfield MSA

112,100

112,200

-100

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

236,600

237,600

-1,000

Illinois Statewide

6,055,100

5,994,600

60,500

                *Preliminary    **Revised

 

 

 

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

(percent) for Local Counties and Areas

Labor Market Area

Feb.

2019

Feb.

2018

Over-the-Year Change

Carbondale - Marion MSA              

5.0%

5.0%

 0.0%

   Jackson County

4.6%

4.5%

 0.1%

   Williamson County

5.3%

5.4%

-0.1%

Surrounding Counties

 

 

 

   Alexander County

6.8%

8.3%

-1.5%

   Franklin County

6.5%

6.4%

 0.1%

   Johnson County

8.6%

8.6%

 0.0%

   Massac County

6.7%

6.6%

 0.1%

   Perry County

6.1%

6.0%

 0.1%

   Pulaski County

8.7%

8.6%

 0.1%

   Randolph County

4.6%

4.8%

-0.2%

   Union County

8.0%

7.9%

 0.1%

Harrisburg Area

 

 

 

   Gallatin County

5.7%

6.0%

-0.3%

   Hamilton County

5.1%

5.1%

 0.0%

   Hardin County

7.9%

8.0%

-0.1%

   Pope County

6.5%

6.3%

 0.2%

   Saline County

6.6%

6.8%

-0.2%

   White County

4.8%

4.5%

 0.3%

Olney - Mt. Carmel Area

 

 

 

   Edwards County

5.3%

4.9%

 0.4%

   Lawrence County

6.7%

6.3%

 0.4%

   Richland County

5.0%

4.9%

 0.1%

   Wabash County

4.7%

4.6%

 0.1%

   Wayne County

6.2%

6.0%

 0.2%

Other Areas

 

 

 

   LWA 23

5.3%

5.1%

 0.2%

   LWA 24

5.0%

4.7%

 0.3%

   LWA 25

5.4%

5.4%

 0.0%

   LWA 26

6.4%

6.4%

 0.0%

   Southern EDR

5.8%

5.8%

 0.0%

Southern Illinois Highlights

Help Wanted

Area employers advertised for 3,100 positions in February and approximately 74 percent sought full-time employment, according to Help Wanted OnLine data compiled by the Conference Board, which is a global, independent business membership and research association. Employers need more workers than the help wanted advertising indicates because some industries, such as Construction, typically do not post advertised job openings.

Carbondale - Marion Area

Non-farm employment increased by +1,200 compared to last February.

Employment gains were posted in Government (+600) and the Private Service Providing sector (+600).

Surrounding Counties

Non-farm employment increased by +400 compared to last February.

Employment gains were posted in Leisure & Hospitality (+300), Educational & Health Services (+100), Government (+100), Construction (+100), and Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities (+100).

Employment in Manufacturing (-300) and Retail Trade (-100) declined. 

Harrisburg Area

Non-farm employment increased by +400 over the year.

Employment gains were posted in Government (+100) and Educational & Health Services (+100). Slight increases were reported in Leisure & Hospitality, Natural Resources & Mining, Other Services, Financial Activities, Construction, Manufacturing, Information, and Wholesale Trade.

Employment in Retail Trade and Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities declined slightly.

Olney - Mt. Carmel Area

Non-farm employment decreased (-200) over the year.

Slight employment gains were posted in Leisure & Hospitality, Construction, Financial Activities, Professional & Business Services, and Natural Resources & Mining.

Employment in Government (-100), Educational & Health Services (-100), and Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities (-100) declined.

Note: Monthly 2018 unemployment rates and total nonfarm jobs for Illinois metro areas were revised in February and March 2019, as required by the U.S. BLS. Comments and tables distributed for prior metro area news releases should be discarded as any records or historical analysis previously cited may no longer be valid.

LWA 23 — Local Workforce Area 23 is composed of Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion, Moultrie, and Richland Counties.

LWA 24 — Local Workforce Area 24 is composed of Clinton, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, and Washington Counties.

LWA 25 — Local Workforce Area 25 is composed of Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, and Williamson Counties.

LWA 26 — Local Workforce Area 26 is composed of Alexander, Edwards, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, and White Counties. 

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