Unemployment Rate Down in 101 Counties, all Fourteen Metros - Jobs up in Twelve Metro Areas

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​9/26/19 - 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.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
Metropolitan AreaAugust 2019



Over-the-Year Change
Champaign-Urbana 3.7%4.8%-1.1
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights3.6%3.9%-0.3
Danville 5.2%6.5%-1.3
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL3.8%4.0%-0.2
Decatur 5.0%5.8%-0.8
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI3.6%4.3%-0.7
St. Louis (IL-Section)3.8%4.8%-1.0
Illinois Statewide3.8%4.3%-0.5
     * Data subject to revision.
Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – August 2019
Metropolitan Area





Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington MSA90,90090,600300
Carbondale-Marion MSA58,20056,7001,500
Champaign-Urbana MSA107,100104,5002,600
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division3,846,0003,812,00034,000
Danville MSA27,50026,800700
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA189,000186,8002,200
Decatur MSA52,40052,000400
Elgin Metro Division268,400264,8003,600
Kankakee MSA46,00046,500-500
Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division435,700426,7009,000
Peoria MSA176,800177,300-500
Rockford MSA154,000153,100900
Springfield MSA118,700117,3001,400
Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA243,200240,5002,700
Illinois Statewide6,203,7006,142,20061,500
                *Preliminary    **Revised