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Job Growth Continues to Lag Nation in Most Metro Areas

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

 

Metropolitan Area

Aug.

2017

Aug.

2016

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

4.2%

5.3%

-1.1

Carbondale-Marion

5.0%

5.9%

-0.9

Champaign-Urbana

4.6%

5.2%

-0.6

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

5.4%

5.9%

-0.5

Danville

6.9%

7.4%

-0.5

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

4.5%

5.3%

-0.8

Decatur

5.9%

6.8%

-0.9

Elgin

4.7%

5.3%

-0.6

Kankakee

5.3%

6.3%

-1.0

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

4.3%

4.9%

-0.6

Peoria

5.3%

6.3%

-1.0

Rockford

5.7%

6.6%

-0.9

Springfield

4.2%

4.7%

-0.5

St. Louis (IL-Section)

4.9%

5.9%

-1.0

Illinois Statewide

5.2%

5.8%

-0.6

* Data subject to revision.

 

CHICAGO–Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in August in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas and all but one county, 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 twelve of the metropolitan areas and decreased in two.

 

“More areas showed job gains in August, but the pace of growth is not where we would like it to be,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “While it is encouraging that unemployment rates declined from last year, most areas in Illinois are still higher than the national average.”

 

Illinois businesses added jobs in twelve metro areas, with the largest increases in: Carbondale-Marion (+2.3 percent, +1,300), Bloomington (+1.9 percent, +1,700), and Lake (+1.6 percent, +6,600). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+0.5 percent or +18,700). Illinois businesses lost jobs in two metro areas: Danville (-1.8 percent, -500) and Elgin (-0.4 percent, -900).

 

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

 

Not seasonally adjusted data compares August 2017 with August 2016. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.2 percent in August 2017 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in August 2017 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) – August 2017

 

Metropolitan Area

August
2017*

August
2016**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

93,000

91,300

1,700

Carbondale-Marion MSA

58,200

56,900

1,300

Champaign-Urbana MSA

103,900

103,700

200

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,756,900

3,738,200

18,700

Danville MSA

27,900

28,400

-500

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

184,700

184,300

400

Decatur MSA

51,400

51,300

100

Elgin Metro Division

254,200

255,100

-900

Kankakee MSA

44,700

44,400

300

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

423,200

416,600

6,600

Peoria MSA

177,000

176,600

400

Rockford MSA

151,500

151,400

100

Springfield MSA

118,600

118,100

500

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

236,300

234,800

1,500

Illinois Statewide

6,054,500

6,029,800

24,700

                  *Preliminary    **Revised

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

 

 

Aug.2017

Aug.2016

Over-the-Year Change

Carbondale-Marion MSA

5.0%

5.9%

-0.9

Jackson County

4.6%

5.5%

-0.9

Williamson County

5.4%

6.3%

-0.9

Other Area Counties

Alexander County

9.4%

10.3%

-0.9

Franklin County

6.5%

8.2%

-1.7

Johnson County

7.7%

8.7%

-1.0

Massac County

7.1%

7.7%

-0.6

Perry County

5.9%

7.1%

-1.2

Pulaski County

8.7%

8.5%

0.2

Randolph County

4.5%

4.8%

-0.3

Union County

5.9%

7.1%

-1.2

Harrisburg Area

Gallatin County

5.5%

7.7%

-2.2

Hamilton County

4.9%

6.6%

-1.7

Hardin County

7.8%

9.7%

-1.9

Pope County

6.6%

6.9%

-0.3

Saline County

7.0%

8.7%

-1.7

White County

5.0%

6.5%

-1.5

Olney – Mt. Carmel Area

Edwards County

4.4%

5.3%

-0.9

Lawrence County

6.3%

7.8%

-1.5

Richland County

4.9%

5.7%

-0.8

Wabash County

5.4%

6.9%

-1.5

Wayne County

6.2%

9.2%

-3.0

 

 

 

 

Southern Illinois Highlights

 

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in August 2017 in the Carbondale-Marion Metropolitan Statistical Area (Jackson and Williamson Counties). In August 2016, the jobless rate was 5.9 percent. There were approximately 3,000 unemployed in August 2017 in the two counties. Unemployment decreased in 20 out of 21 counties compared to one year- ago.

Employment gains were reported in August 2017 in Leisure-Hospitality and Retail Trade as excitement about the solar eclipse emerged in Southern Illinois. Hotels, Eating and Drinking Places, Retail stores, and Recreation areas, all reported significantly increased business in mid-August due to the solar eclipse. Over the year, employment increases were reported in Health Care Services and Professional-Business Services as well as Retail Trade and Leisure-Hospitality. Payroll losses occurred in Mining, Information, and Financial Activities during the past year.

Numerous employment opportunities were advertised in Health Care, Transportation, and Sales in summer 2017. Many job openings were available in Office and Administrative Support, Management, and Food Preparation occupations. Career prospects were favorable in Social Services, Health Care Support, Education, Production, and Installation, Maintenance, and Repair. Various outdoor jobs were offered for workers in Construction and Building and Ground Maintenance.

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.

 

 

 

Note:

 

Monthly 2016 unemployment rates and total non-farm jobs for Illinois metro areas were revised in February 2017, 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.