Temporary Layoffs Push Up Rate Outside Suburban Chicago
Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
Metropolitan Area Nov. 2013* Nov. 2012
Bloomington-Normal 7.0% 6.1%
Champaign-Urbana 7.9% 7.1%
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 8.1% 8.3%
Danville 11.7% 9.4%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl. 6.5% 6.3%
Decatur 12.2% 10.1%
Kankakee-Bradley 10.7% 9.9%
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI 8.0% 7.7%
Peoria 8.9% 7.5%
Rockford 11.0% 10.3%
Springfield 7.4% 6.9%
St. Louis (IL-Section) 8.4% 8.3%
* Data subject to revision.
CHICAGO – The November unemployment rate in the Chicago Joliet Naperville Metro Division fell .02 to reach 8.1 percent while temporary layoffs pushed rates higher elsewhere, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Not seasonally adjusted data compares November 2013 to November 2012.
Illinois businesses added jobs in seven metros.
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+1.5 percent, +55,300),
Lake-Kenosha (+1.2 percent, +4,700),
Champaign-Urbana (+0.9 percent, +1,000).
Decatur (-3.0 percent, -1,600),
Peoria (-1.7 percent, -3,100), and
Bloomington-Normal (-1.0 percent, -900).
Much of these decreases are connected to a temporary slowdown in global manufacturing demand. Industry sectors recording job growth in the most metros: Education and Health Services (11 of 12), Leisure and Hospitality (eight of 12), and Other Services (seven of 12).
Not seasonally adjusted data compares the current month to the same month of the previous year. The
November 2013 not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 8.3 percent and 12.2 percent at its peak in this
economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in November 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. Historically, the state unemployment rate is higher than the national rate.
Total Non-farm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – November 2013
Metropolitan Area November 2013* November 2012** Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington-Normal MSA 91,300 92,200 -900
Champaign-Urbana MSA 109,400 108,400 1,000
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Div. 3,823,300 3,768,000 55,300
Danville MSA 29,900 29,800 100
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA 185,000 184,900 100
Decatur MSA 51,100 52,700 -1,600
Kankakee-Bradley MSA 44,700 44,600 100
Lake County-Kenosha County Metro Div. 396,100 391,400 4,700
Peoria MSA 183,600 186,700 -3,100
Rockford MSA 150,700 151,200 -500
Springfield MSA 113,200 112,600 600
Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA 230,000 230,500 -500
Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates (percent) for Local Counties and Areas Nov 13 Nov 12
Davenport-Rock Island-Moline IL-IA MSA
Rock Island County 7.1 % 6.7 %
Henry County 7.0 % 6.2 %
Mercer County 6.8 % 6.1 %
Scott County, IA 5.6 % 5.9 %
Rock Island City 7.3 % 7.4 %
Moline City 7.2 % 6.4 %
Galesburg City 9.3 % 8.2 %
Bureau County 9.0 % 8.6 %
Fulton County 10.0 % 8.9 %
Henderson County 6.2 % 7.3 %
Knox County 8.6 % 7.8 %
Stark County 10.2 % 7.9 %
Warren County 7.1 % 6.6 %
Whiteside County 9.3 % 8.3 %
Historically, the Illinois unemployment rate is higher than the national rate. Only six times since January 2000 has the state rate been lower than the national rate. The data is seasonally adjusted and includes times of both economic expansion and contraction.
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IL-IA MSA
The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 6.5 percent in November 2013 from 6.3 percent in November 2012. Non-farm employment increased from its year-ago level by +100. Job growth occurred in Construction (+700), Professional-Business Services (+500), Educational-Health Services (+200), Transportation-Warehousing-Utilities (+200), Wholesale Trade (+200), Other Services (+100), Leisure-Hospitality (+100), and Information (+100).
Declines were posted in Government (-1,500) and Manufacturing (-500) compared to November 2012. Illinois has added +281,400 private sector jobs since January 2010 when job growth returned to Illinois following nearly two years of monthly declines. State data is seasonally adjusted. Since January 2010, leading growth sectors in Illinois are Professional and Business Services (+116,400); Educational and Health Services (+61,000) and Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+58,700). Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down -28,600. 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. The IDES supports economic stability by administering unemployment benefits, collecting business contributions to fund those benefits, connecting employers with qualified job seekers, and providing economic information to assist career planning and economic development.
• Monthly 2012 unemployment rates and total non-farm jobs for Illinois metro areas were revised in February 2013, 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.
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