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Average Unemployment Rate in Illinois Metro Areas Higher than Midwest

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area

June

2016

June

2015

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

5.4%

5.0%

0.4

Carbondale-Marion

6.1%

6.1%

0.0

Champaign-Urbana

5.3%

5.4%

-0.1

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

6.2%

6.1%

0.1

Danville

7.1%

7.0%

0.1

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

5.6%

5.3%

0.3

Decatur

6.8%

7.1%

-0.3

Elgin

5.2%

5.5%

-0.3

Kankakee

6.1%

6.6%

-0.5

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

4.9%

5.1%

-0.2

Peoria

6.3%

6.2%

0.1

Rockford

6.3%

6.6%

-0.3

Springfield

4.7%

5.0%

-0.3

St. Louis (IL-Section)

5.7%

6.0%

-0.3

Illinois Statewide

6.0%

6.0%

0.0

* Data subject to revision.

 

CHICAGO–Eight of Illinois’ 14 metropolitan (metro) areas experienced decreases in their over-the-year unemployment rate and eight of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

“One metropolitan area losing jobs is one too many,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “While we boost our efforts to help employers connect with qualified candidates, we also need effective policies in place to realize robust job growth in Illinois.”

Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metro areas, in which the largest increases were seen in: Lake-Kenosha (+2.4 percent, +10,000), Rockford (+2.0 percent, +3,100), and Springfield (+1.8 percent, +2,000). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+1.2 percent or +43,700). Illinois businesses lost jobs in six metro areas including the Quad Cities (-2.9 percent, -5,500), Bloomington (-1.6 percent, -1,500), and Peoria (-1.3 percent, -2,400). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas were: Education and Health Services (11 of 14), Leisure and Hospitality (11 of 14), Retail Trade (10 of 14), and Professional and Business Services (nine of 14).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares June 2016 with June 2015. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 6.0 percent in June 2016 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in June 2016 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.

 

Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – June 2016

Metropolitan Area

June
2016*

June
2015**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

92,300

93,800

-1,500

Carbondale-Marion MSA

55,300

55,600

-300

Champaign-Urbana MSA

106,700

105,500

1,200

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,737,800

3,694,100

43,700

Danville MSA

29,500

29,400

100

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

181,400

186,900

-5,500

Decatur MSA

51,400

51,700

-300

Elgin Metro Division

262,900

258,400

4,500

Kankakee MSA

44,900

45,000

-100

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

425,200

415,200

10,000

Peoria MSA

178,400

180,800

-2,400

Rockford MSA

157,300

154,200

3,100

Springfield MSA

115,200

113,200

2,000

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

236,500

234,800

1,700

Illinois Statewide

6,056,300

6,016,600

39,700

                  *Preliminary    **Revised

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
(percent) for Local Counties and Areas

 

Labor Market Area

Jun-16

Jun-15

Over-the-Year Change

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin IL-IN-WI MSA

6.0%

6.0%

0.0

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metro Division
Cook County

6.4%

6.4%

0.0

DuPage County

5.1%

5.0%

0.1

Grundy County

7.0%

7.0%

0.0

Kendall County

5.6%

5.4%

0.2

McHenry County

5.4%

5.5%

-0.1

Will County

6.4%

6.3%

0.1

Elgin, IL Metro Division
DeKalb County

5.2%

5.5%

-0.3

Kane County

5.2%

5.5%

-0.3

Lake & Kenosha Counties, IL-WI Metro Division
Lake County

4.9%

5.0%

-0.1

Cities (with total population of at least 100,000) *
Aurora City

5.7%

5.8%

-0.1

Chicago City

6.8%

6.7%

0.1

Elgin City

4.5%

4.4%

0.1

Joliet City

5.6%

5.2%

0.4

Naperville City

5.2%

5.1%

0.1

* Unemployment rates for cities with total population of 25,000 or more can be found atwww.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/Current_Monthly_Unemployment_Rates.aspx

Lake & Kenosha Counties, IL-WI Metro Division

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.9 percent in June 2016 decreased from the 5.1 percent in June 2015. The last time the June rate was equal to or lower than the current rate was in 2007 when it was 4.8 percent. For the month of June 2016, the estimated number of unemployed people in the labor force was 23,100.

Total nonfarm employment increased +10,000 compared to June 2015. Leisure-Hospitality (+3,800), Transportation-Warehousing-Utilities (+2,600), and Wholesale Trade (+1,300) reported the largest payroll gains. The Information (-300) and Financial (-200) sectors recorded an employment decline compared to one year ago.


Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metro Division

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 6.2 percent in June 2016 from 6.1 percent in June 2015. For the month of June 2016, the estimated number of unemployed people in the labor force was 242,300.

Total nonfarm employment increased +43,700 compared to June 2015. Leisure-Hospitality (+14,200), Professional-Business Services (+14,000), and Construction (6,600) reported the largest payroll gains. The Manufacturing (-3,100) and Wholesale Trade (-1,900) sector recorded employment declines compared to one year ago.

Elgin, IL Metro Division

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 5.2 percent in June 2016 from 5.5 percent in June 2015. The last time the June rate was equal to or lower than the current rate was in 2007 when it was 4.7 percent. For the month of June 2016, the estimated number of unemployed people in the labor force was 17,000.

Total nonfarm employment increased +4,500 compared to June 2015. Retail Trade (+1,600), Construction (+1,100), Leisure-Hospitality (+800), and Professional-Business Services (+800) reported the largest payroll gains. The Wholesale Trade
(-500) and Transportation-Warehousing-Utilities
(-200) sectors declined compared to one year ago.

 

Note:

 

Monthly 2015 unemployment rates and total non-farm jobs for Illinois metro areas were revised in February and March 2016, as required by the U.S.Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (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.