Unemployment Rate Down in All Fourteen Metro Areas, Jobs Up in Eleven - Record Lows in October for Two Metros, 16 Counties

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11/21/19 - The unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in October 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 shows the number of nonfarm jobs increased in eleven Illinois metropolitan areas, decreased in two, and was unchanged in one.

“Communities in every corner of the state have experienced sustained job growth throughout this year. By passing the bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital plan and legislation like the minimum wage increase, Governor Pritzker is ensuring the state’s economy continues to thrive,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes.

Illinois businesses added jobs in eleven metro areas, with the largest percentage increases in: Champaign-Urbana (+2.8%, +3,200), Carbondale-Marion (+2.5%, +1,500), Kankakee (+1.5%, +700) and Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI (+1.5%, +6,400). The Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights metro division was up (+0.6%, +22,500). Total nonfarm jobs were down in Peoria (-0.8%, -1,500) and Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL (-0.1%, -100).

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

Not seasonally adjusted data compares October 2019 with October 2018. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 3.6 percent in October 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 October 2019 and 10.6 percent in January 2010, at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and seeking employment.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area Oct 2019*



Over-the-Year Change
Champaign-Urbana 3.5%4.5%-1.0
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights3.4%3.6%-0.2
Danville 4.9%5.9%-1.0
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL3.8%4.0%-0.2
Decatur 4.8%5.5%-0.7
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI3.5%4.0%-0.5
St. Louis (IL-Section)3.7%4.6%-0.9
Illinois Statewide3.6%4.1%-0.5
* Preliminary | **Revised

Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – October 2019

Metropolitan Area





Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington MSA94,00093,600400
Carbondale-Marion MSA61,10059,6001,500
Champaign-Urbana MSA116,100112,9003,200
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division3,850,3003,827,80022,500
Danville MSA27,80027,8000
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA188,300188,400-100
Decatur MSA52,90052,300600
Elgin Metro Division270,400267,4003,000
Kankakee MSA47,50046,800700
Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division435,500429,1006,400
Peoria MSA176,300177,800-1,500
Rockford MSA155,500154,4001,100
Springfield MSA116,600115,2001,400
Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA246,000244,0002,000
Illinois Statewide6,251,9006,197,80054,100
*Preliminary | **Revised