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Unemployment Rate Drops in All Illinois Metro Areas

Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in September in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas and in all 102 counties, 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 six of the metropolitan areas and decreased in eight.

 

“Seeing the rates drop across the board in all 102 counties is certainly encouraging.” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “But the job growth in the Chicago Metro Area, while it has carried the state during this past year, still lags behind the growth in neighboring states.”

 

Illinois businesses added jobs in six metro areas, with the largest increases in: Kankakee (+2.3 percent, +1,000), Carbondale-Marion (+2.0 percent, +1,200), and Bloomington (+1.5 percent, +1,400). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+0.3 percent or +11,100). Illinois businesses lost jobs in eight metro areas, with the largest losses in: Danville (-1.1 percent, -300), Elgin (-0.7 percent, -1,900), Rockford (-0.5 percent, -700), and Champaign (-0.5 percent, -500).

 

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

 

Not seasonally adjusted data compares September 2017 with September 2016. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 4.6 percent in September 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 4.1 percent in September 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) – September 2017

 

Metropolitan Area

September
2017*

September
2016**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

95,100

93,700

1,400

Carbondale-Marion MSA

60,000

58,800

1,200

Champaign-Urbana MSA

110,500

111,000

-500

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,745,800

3,734,700

11,100

Danville MSA

28,200

28,500

-300

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

183,800

183,900

-100

Decatur MSA

51,300

51,400

-100

Elgin Metro Division

256,100

258,000

-1,900

Kankakee MSA

45,400

44,400

1,000

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

419,100

413,900

5,200

Peoria MSA

175,600

176,100

-500

Rockford MSA

151,000

151,700

-700

Springfield MSA

115,900

116,400

-500

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

240,000

238,700

1,300

Illinois Statewide

6,069,300

6,057,000

12,300

                  *Preliminary    **Revised

 

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

 

 

Sept.2017

Sept.2016

Over-the-Year Change

Carbondale-Marion MSA

4.3%

5.6%

-1.3

Jackson County

3.9%

5.2%

-1.3

Williamson County

4.6%

6.0%

-1.4

Other Area Counties

Alexander County

8.0%

9.1%

-1.1

Franklin County

5.9%

7.9%

-2.0

Johnson County

6.4%

8.6%

-2.2

Massac County

5.7%

7.1%

 -1.4

Perry County

5.1%

6.9%

-1.8

Pulaski County

7.8%

8.3%

-0.5

Randolph County

4.0%

4.9%

-0.9

Union County

5.0%

6.7%

-1.7

Harrisburg Area

Gallatin County

5.3%

7.3%

-2.0

Hamilton County

4.3%

6.0%

-1.7

Hardin County

6.7%

8.9%

-2.2

Pope County

5.5%

7.1%

-1.6

Saline County

6.4%

8.2%

-1.8

White County

4.3%

6.4%

-2.1

Olney – Mt. Carmel Area

Edwards County

3.7%

5.5%

-1.8

Lawrence County

5.2%

7.7%

-2.5

Richland County

4.4%

5.6%

-2.2

Wabash County

4.5%

6.8%

-2.3

Wayne County

5.4%

8.6%

-3.2

 

 

 

Southern Illinois Highlights

 

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in September 2017 in the Carbondale-Marion Metropolitan Statistical Area (Jackson and Williamson Counties). In September 2016, the jobless rate was 5.6 percent. There were approximately 2,600 unemployed in September 2017 in the two counties. Unemployment decreased in all 21 counties compared to one year- ago.

 

Employment gains were reported in fall 2017 in Transportation and Leisure-Hospitality in Southern Illinois. Over the year, employment advances were reported in Health Care Services and Professional-Business Services, Retail Trade and Wholesale Trade. 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 fall 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. Jobs were also advertised for Construction, Business-Finance, and Personal Care Service occupations.

 

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.

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

 

 

Sept.

 2017

Sept.2016

Over-the-Year Change

Mattoon – Charleston Area

Clark County

4.1%

5.6%

-1.5

Coles County

4.2%

5.5%

-1.3

Cumberland County

3.6%

4.8%

-1.2

Douglas County

3.6%

4.6%

-1.0

Edgar County

4.1%

6.0%

-1.9

Moultrie County

3.4%

4.5%

-1.1

Shelby County

4.0%

5.5%

-1.5

Effingham Area

Clay County

4.9%

6.5%

-1.6

Crawford County

5.0%

6.1%

-1.1

Effingham County

3.4%

4.6%

-1.2

Fayette County

4.8%

6.5%

-1.7

Jasper County

4.2%

6.1%

-1.9

Centralia – Mt. Vernon Area

Clinton County

3.1%

4.2%

-1.1

Hamilton County

4.3%

6.0%

-1.7

Jefferson County

5.1%

6.4%

-1.3

Marion County

4.7%

6.4%

-1.7

Washington County

2.7%

3.7%

-1.0

Wayne County

5.4%

8.6%

-3.2

 

 

 

South Central Illinois Highlights

 

Workforce conditions have gradually improved during the past twelve months in South Central Illinois. Fall unemployment rates are generally at the lowest levels for the year. All eighteen counties reported a decline in unemployment compared to one year-ago. The data is not seasonally adjusted.

 

Employment gains were reported in Transportation, and Professional-Business Services this fall in South Central Illinois. Over the year, payroll increases were reported in Manufacturing, Retail Trade, Wholesale Trade, and Health Services. Employment losses occurred in Information and Financial Activities. State and Local Government payrolls steadily declined during the past year.

 

Many employment opportunities were available in Health Care, Sales, Transportation, and Office and Administrative Support in fall 2017. Numerous job openings were advertised in Engineering, Management, Food Preparation, and Production occupations. Workers were needed in Health Care Support, Construction, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair, and Business-Finance.

 

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.