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IDES: Unemployment Rate Down in All Fourteen Metro Areas, Jobs Up in Ten

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By Press release submission | Feb 6, 2020

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Illinois Department of Employment Services issued the following announcement on Jan. 30.

The unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in December in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas, 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 shows the number of nonfarm jobs increased in ten Illinois metropolitan areas, decreased in three, and was unchanged in one.

"Under Governor Pritzker's leadership, we now have the lowest unemployment rate in state history with the most jobs on record," said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. "The governor is committed to building on this progress by attracting new businesses to Illinois, putting people to work on our infrastructure and creating opportunities for communities that have been left behind for too long."

Illinois businesses added jobs in ten metro areas, with the largest percentage increases in: Champaign (+3.4%, +3,800), Carbondale (+1.9%, +1,100) and Decatur (+1.3%, +700). Total nonfarm jobs were down in Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL (-1.3%, -2,500), Peoria (-1.1%, -2,000) and Rockford (-1.0%, -1,500).

The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas included Education and Health Services (10 of 14), Government (10 of 14) and Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (8 of 14).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares December 2019 with December 2018. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 3.5 percent in December 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 3.4 percent in December 2019 and 10.6 percent in January 2010, at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and seeking employment.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area

December    2019*

December

2018**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

3.4%

4.7%

-1.3

Carbondale-Marion

3.7%

5.2%

-1.5

Champaign-Urbana

3.3%

4.6%

-1.3

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

2.8%

3.6%

-0.8

Danville

5.3%

6.7%

-1.4

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

4.5%

4.7%

-0.2

Decatur

5.1%

6.3%

-1.2

Elgin

4.4%

5.8%

-1.4

Kankakee

5.4%

6.4%

-1.0

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

4.0%

5.0%

-1.0

Peoria

4.6%

5.8%

-1.2

Rockford

5.8%

6.4%

-0.6

Springfield

3.6%

5.0%

-1.4

St. Louis (IL-Section)

3.7%

5.1%

-1.4

Illinois Statewide

3.5%

4.4%

-0.9

* Preliminary | **Revised

Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) - December 2019

Metropolitan Area

December

2019*

     December

2018**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

92,600

92,200

400

Carbondale-Marion MSA

59,700

58,600

1,100

Champaign-Urbana MSA

115,800

112,000

3,800

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,857,100

3,826,800

30,300

Danville MSA

27,600

27,600

0

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

186,100

188,600

-2,500

Decatur MSA

52,700

52,000

700

Elgin Metro Division

268,300

265,800

2,500

Kankakee MSA

47,300

46,900

400

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

431,200

428,800

2,400

Peoria MSA

174,400

176,400

-2,000

Rockford MSA

153,300

154,800

-1,500

Springfield MSA

115,800

115,100

700

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

245,600

242,600

3,000

Illinois Statewide

6,228,000

6,183,800

44,200

*Preliminary | **Revised              

 

 

 

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

(percent) for Local Counties and Areas

Labor Market Area

Dec.

2019

Dec.

2018

Over-the-Year Change

Carbondale - Marion MSA              

3.7%

5.2%

-1.5%

   Jackson County

3.4%

4.9%

-1.5%

   Williamson County

4.0%

5.5%

-1.5%

Surrounding Counties

 

 

 

   Alexander County

5.5%

8.1%

-2.6%

   Franklin County

4.8%

6.9%

-2.1%

   Johnson County

5.7%

8.5%

-2.8%

   Massac County

5.5%

7.2%

-1.7%

   Perry County

4.5%

6.4%

-1.9%

   Pulaski County

6.3%

8.7%

-2.4%

   Randolph County

3.5%

4.8%

-1.3%

   Union County

5.9%

7.6%

-1.7%

Harrisburg Area

 

 

 

   Gallatin County

4.4%

6.0%

-1.6%

   Hamilton County

3.0%

4.5%

-1.5%

   Hardin County

5.9%

8.3%

-2.4%

   Pope County

5.1%

6.9%

-1.8%

   Saline County

4.9%

6.8%

-1.9%

   White County

3.8%

5.0%

-1.2%

Olney - Mt. Carmel Area

 

 

 

   Edwards County

4.2%

5.8%

-1.6%

   Lawrence County

5.4%

7.2%

-1.8%

   Richland County

3.7%

4.9%

-1.2%

   Wabash County

3.0%

5.0%

-2.0%

   Wayne County

4.4%

5.9%

-1.5%

Other Areas

 

 

 

   LWA 23

3.8%

5.3%

-1.5%

   LWA 24

3.7%

5.0%

-1.3%

   LWA 25

4.1%

5.7%

-1.6%

   LWA 26

4.7%

6.5%

-1.8%

   Southern EDR

4.3%

6.0%

-1.7%

Southern Illinois Highlights

Carbondale - Marion Area

Non-farm employment increased by +1,100 compared to last December.

Employment gains were posted in the Private sector (+800) and Government (+300).

Surrounding Counties

Non-farm employment increased by +900 compared to last December.

Employment gains were posted in Government (+300), Educational & Health Services (+300), Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities (+100), and Leisure & Hospitality (+100). Slight increases were reported in Professional & Business Services, Retail Trade, Financial Activities, Information, Other Services, and Wholesale Trade.

Slight decreases were reported in Natural Resources & Mining, Construction, and Manufacturing.

Harrisburg Area

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

Employment gains were posted in Government (+200), Professional & Business Services (+100), Financial Services (+100), and Leisure & Hospitality (+100). Slight increases were reported in Educational & Health Services, Information, Wholesale Trade, Construction, and Manufacturing.

Employment in Retail Trade, Other Services, Natural Resources & Mining, and Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities declined slightly.

Olney - Mt. Carmel Area

Non-farm employment increased by +500 over the year.

Employment gains were posted in Government (+200), Educational & Health Services (+100), Wholesale Trade (+100), and Retail Trade (+100). Slight employment gains were posted in Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities, Financial Activities, Natural Resources & Mining, Professional & Business Services, Construction, and Information.

Employment in Other Services, Leisure & Hospitality, and Manufacturing declined slightly.

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.

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