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Unemployment Rates Remain Higher than National Rate in all but one Metro Area

This month, 13 of Illinois’ metropolitan (metro) areas experienced declines in their over-the-year unemployment rates and one was unchanged. Eight of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs and six reported declines, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

“Job growth in Illinois’ metro areas still lag the rest of the nation,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The metro areas outside of Chicago have experienced more job growth recently than the Chicago metro area, which is a bit of a change from earlier in the year.”

Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metro areas, in which the largest increases were seen in: Champaign-Urbana (+1.9 percent, +2,100), Elgin (+1.4 percent, +3,600), and Kankakee (+1.1 percent, +500). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+0.7 percent or +26,400). Illinois businesses lost jobs in six metro areas including Carbondale-Marion (-4.0 percent, -2,400), Decatur (-1.9 percent, -1,000), and Peoria (-1.8 percent, -3,300). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas were: Retail Trade (11 of 14), Education and Health Services (10 of 14), and Government (eight of 14).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares November 2016 with November 2015. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.3 percent in November 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 4.4 percent in November 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) – November 2016

Metropolitan Area

Nov.
2016*

Nov.
2015**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

95,000

96,200

-1,200

Carbondale-Marion MSA

57,200

59,600

-2,400

Champaign-Urbana MSA

113,800

111,700

2,100

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,737,300

3,710,900

26,400

Danville MSA

29,500

29,600

-100

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

181,100

182,800

-1,700

Decatur MSA

51,600

52,600

-1,000

Elgin Metro Division

264,600

261,000

3,600

Kankakee MSA

46,400

45,900

500

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

413,200

410,200

3,000

Peoria MSA

176,700

180,000

-3,300

Rockford MSA

155,300

154,200

1,100

Springfield MSA

116,500

115,300

1,200

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

238,600

237,600

1,000

Illinois Statewide

6,095,700

6,052,900

42,800

                  *Preliminary    **Revised

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

Labor Market Area

Nov. 2016

Nov. 2015

Over-the-Year Change

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin IL-IN-WI MSA

5.3%

5.4%

-0.1

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

5.7%

5.6%

0.1

DuPage County

4.4%

4.3%

0.1

Grundy County

5.8%

5.8%

0.0

Kendall County

4.8%

4.6%

0.2

McHenry County

4.8%

4.7%

0.1

Will County

5.4%

5.4%

0.0

Elgin, IL Metro Division
DeKalb County

4.6%

5.9%

-1.3

Kane County

4.8%

6.0%

-1.2

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

4.6%

5.7%

-1.1

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

4.8%

5.8%

-1.0

Chicago City

6.1%

5.9%

0.2

Elgin City

5.6%

6.7%

-1.1

Joliet City

6.4%

6.2%

0.2

Naperville City

4.5%

4.3%

0.2

 

* 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 decreased to 4.5 percent in November 2016 from 5.5 percent in November 2015. The last time the November rate was equal to or lower was in 2006 when it was 3.8 percent. For the month of November 2016, the estimated number of unemployed people in the labor force was 20,900.

Total nonfarm employment increased +3,000 compared to November 2015. Professional-Business Services (+2,100) and Wholesale Trade (+1,100) reported the largest payroll gains. The Leisure-Hospitality (-1,100) and Financial Activities
(-1,000) sectors recorded the largest employment declines compared to one year ago.


Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metro Division

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.4 percent in November 2016 compared to November 2015. For the month of November 2016, the estimated number of unemployed people in the labor force was 205,400.

Total nonfarm employment increased +26,400 compared to November 2015. Professional-Business Services (+17,600) and Leisure-Hospitality (+12,600) reported the largest payroll gains. The Financial Activities (-5,400), Information (-2,800), Wholesale Trade (-2,100), and Manufacturing
(-2,000) sectors recorded the largest employment declines compared to one year ago.

Elgin, IL Metro Division

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 4.7 percent in November 2016 from 6.0 percent in November 2015. The last time the November rate was equal to or lower than was in 2007 when it was 4.4 percent. For the month of November 2016, the estimated number of unemployed people in the labor force was 15,600.

Total nonfarm employment increased +3,600 compared to November 2015. Professional-Business Services (+3,400), Retail Trade (+1,400), and Construction (+1,000) reported the largest payroll gains. Leisure-Hospitality (-1,400), Wholesale Trade (-1,100), and Manufacturing (-400) sectors recorded the largest employment declines compared to one year ago.

 

Note:
Monthly 2015 unemployment rates and total non-farm jobs for Illinois metro areas were revised in February 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.