Unemployment Rate Down in All Metro Areas

Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in June in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas, 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 the number of nonfarm jobs increased in eleven Illinois metropolitan areas and decreased in three.

“Job growth is reaching all corners of Illinois and this administration is acting boldly to build upon that momentum,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “On the strength of a bipartisan budget and capital bill, Illinois is once again investing in its roads, bridges, and universities to create an economy that supports working families.”

Illinois businesses added jobs in eleven metro areas, with the largest percentage increases in: Carbondale-Marion (+2.9%, +1,600), Lake-Kenosha (+2.6%, +11,200), and Peoria (+2.3%, +4,000). The Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights metro division was up (+63,500 or +1.7%). The metro areas showing over-the-year decreases in total nonfarm jobs were Danville (-1.1%, -300), the Illinois section of St. Louis MSA (-0.7%, -1,600), and Kankakee (-0.2%, -100).

The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas included Professional and Business Services (11 of 14), Leisure and Hospitality (10 of 14), Mining and Construction (9 of 14), Manufacturing (8 of 14), Education and Health Services (8 of 14), and Government (8 of 14).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares June 2019 with June 2018. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 4.0 percent in June 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 June 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 Unemployment in the Carbondale Marion Area is currently 4%., down from, 1.4%..


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