State of Illinois

09/26/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/26/2019 11:40

Unemployment Rate Down in 101 Counties, all Fourteen Metros

Jobs up in Twelve Metro Areas

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - Employment Security, Department of

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area

August 2019

August

2018

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

3.6%

4.4%

-0.8

Carbondale-Marion

3.8%

5.2%

-1.4

Champaign-Urbana

3.7%

4.8%

-1.1

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

3.6%

3.9%

-0.3

Danville

5.2%

6.5%

-1.3

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

3.8%

4.0%

-0.2

Decatur

5.0%

5.8%

-0.8

Elgin

3.7%

4.7%

-1.0

Kankakee

4.3%

5.3%

-1.0

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

3.6%

4.3%

-0.7

Peoria

4.3%

5.1%

-0.8

Rockford

5.5%

5.6%

-0.1

Springfield

3.5%

4.4%

-0.9

St. Louis (IL-Section)

3.8%

4.8%

-1.0

Illinois Statewide

3.8%

4.3%

-0.5

* Data subject to revision.

CHICAGO- The unemployment rate decreased in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas compared to last August, 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 twelve Illinois metropolitan areas and decreased in two.

'Illinois has a bright future for residents and businesses, and we're building an economy that works for everyone throughout the state,' said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. 'The Pritzker administration continues to build on these recent gains with the state's first bipartisan balanced budget in years and the historic Rebuild Illinois capital bill that together make long-term investments in our small businesses, schools and infrastructure.'

Illinois businesses added jobs in twelve metro areas, with the largest percentage increases in: Carbondale-Marion (+2.6%, +1,500), Danville (+2.6%, +700), and Champaign-Urbana (+2.5%, +2,600). The Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights metro division was up (+0.9% or +34,000). The two metro areas showing an over-the-year decrease in total nonfarm jobs were Kankakee (-1.1%, -500) and Peoria (-0.3%, -500).

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

Not seasonally adjusted data compares August 2019 with August 2018. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 3.8 percent in August 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 3.8 percent in August 2019 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 2019

Metropolitan Area

August

2019*

August

2018**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

90,900

90,600

300

Carbondale-Marion MSA

58,200

56,700

1,500

Champaign-Urbana MSA

107,100

104,500

2,600

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,846,000

3,812,000

34,000

Danville MSA

27,500

26,800

700

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

189,000

186,800

2,200

Decatur MSA

52,400

52,000

400

Elgin Metro Division

268,400

264,800

3,600

Kankakee MSA

46,000

46,500

-500

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

435,700

426,700

9,000

Peoria MSA

176,800

177,300

-500

Rockford MSA

154,000

153,100

900

Springfield MSA

118,700

117,300

1,400

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

243,200

240,500

2,700

Illinois Statewide

6,203,700

6,142,200

61,500

*Preliminary **Revised

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

Labor Market Area

August

2019

August

2018

Over-the-Year Change

Carbondale - Marion MSA

3.8%

5.2%

-1.4%

Jackson County

3.6%

5.0%

-1.4%

Williamson County

4.1%

5.3%

-1.2%

Surrounding Counties

Alexander County

5.7%

8.0%

-2.3%

Franklin County

4.9%

6.3%

-1.4%

Johnson County

5.5%

8.1%

-2.6%

Massac County

5.2%

7.7%

-2.5%

Perry County

4.7%

6.0%

-1.3%

Pulaski County

5.7%

8.0%

-2.3%

Randolph County

3.2%

4.5%

-1.3%

Union County

4.6%

6.0%

-1.4%

Harrisburg Area

Gallatin County

4.5%

6.6%

-2.1%

Hamilton County

3.3%

4.5%

-1.2%

Hardin County

6.1%

7.9%

-1.8%

Pope County

5.0%

6.7%

-1.7%

Saline County

5.0%

7.0%

-2.0%

White County

3.7%

4.3%

-0.6%

Olney - Mt. Carmel Area

Edwards County

3.6%

4.6%

-1.0%

Lawrence County

4.8%

6.2%

-1.4%

Richland County

3.8%

5.0%

-1.2%

Wabash County

3.6%

5.1%

-1.5%

Wayne County

4.5%

6.0%

-1.5%

Other Areas

LWA 23

3.7%

4.9%

-1.2%

LWA 24

3.8%

4.8%

-1.0%

LWA 25

4.2%

5.5%

-1.3%

LWA 26

4.5%

6.2%

-1.7%

Southern EDR

4.3%

5.8%

-1.5%

Southern Illinois Highlights

Carbondale - Marion Area

Non-farm employment increased by +1,500compared to last August.

Employment gains were posted in the Private sector (+900) and Government (+600).

Surrounding Counties

Non-farm employment increased by +1,000 compared to last August.

Employment gains were posted in Educational & Health Services (+400), Government (+400), Leisure & Hospitality (+200), and Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities (+100). Slight increases were reported in Professional & Business Services, Construction, and Retail Trade.

Slight decreases were reported in Natural Resources & Mining, Wholesale Trade, Financial Activities, Manufacturing, Other Services, and Information.

Harrisburg Area

Non-farm employment increased by +600 over the year.

Employment gains were posted in Government (+500), Educational & Health Services (+100), and Professional & Business Services (+100). Slight increases were reported in Financial Activities, Wholesale Trade, Information, Leisure & Hospitality, and Manufacturing.

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

Olney - Mt. Carmel Area

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

Employment gains were posted in Government (+300) and Educational & Health Services (+100). Slight employment gains were posted in Retail Trade, Professional & Business Services, Wholesale Trade, Manufacturing, Information, Construction, Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities, and Financial Activities.

Employment in Other Services and Natural Resources & Mining 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.