Unemployment Rate Down in Twelve Metro Areas, Jobs Up in Thirteen - Record Low Unemployment Rate in 3 Metros, 34 Counties in September

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10/24/19 -  The unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in September in twelve Illinois metropolitan areas, increased in one, and was unchanged in one 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 thirteen Illinois metropolitan areas and decreased in one.

“The Pritzker administration remains dedicated to creating positive economic advances. The bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital bill is essential to making critical investments throughout the state that will create an economy that works for everyone,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. 

Illinois businesses added jobs in thirteen metro areas, with the largest percentage increases in: Carbondale-Marion (+2.7%, +1,600), Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI (+2.6%, +10,900) and Champaign-Urbana (+2.4%, +2,700). The Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights metro division was up (+0.7% or +27,600). Total nonfarm jobs were down in the Peoria MSA (-0.8%, -1,500).

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

Not seasonally adjusted data compares September 2019 with September 2018. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 3.6 percent in September 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 3.3 percent in September 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 AreaSep 2019*



Over-the-Year Change
Champaign-Urbana 3.5%4.1%-0.6
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights3.2%3.5%-0.3
Danville 5.0%5.6%-0.6
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL3.9%3.9%0.0
Decatur 4.9%5.1%-0.2
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI3.5%3.8%-0.3
St. Louis (IL-Section)3.8%4.3%-0.5
Illinois Statewide3.6%3.9%-0.3
*Preliminary **Revised

Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – September 2019

Metropolitan Area





Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington MSA92,80092,700100
Carbondale-Marion MSA60,30058,7001,600
Champaign-Urbana MSA114,700112,0002,700
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division3,830,1003,802,50027,600
Danville MSA27,70027,600100
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA186,900186,700200
Decatur MSA53,00052,0001,000
Elgin Metro Division269,200265,6003,600
Kankakee MSA46,80046,700100
Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division435,300424,40010,900
Peoria MSA175,400176,900-1,500
Rockford MSA154,500153,0001,500
Springfield MSA116,500115,2001,300
Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA246,700242,9003,800
Illinois Statewide6,219,7006,158,90060,800
*Preliminary **Revised