Unemployment Rate Down in Thirteen Metro Areas, Jobs Up in Nine - Record Lows in November for Four Metros, 36 Counties

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12/27/19 - The unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in November in thirteen Illinois metropolitan areas and increased 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 nine Illinois metropolitan areas, decreased in four, and was unchanged in one.

“As job growth continues to be strong throughout the state, Governor Pritzker will continue to build on the momentum of the past year to expand long-term economic success,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “Illinois’ bipartisan balanced budget and the historic Rebuild Illinois infrastructure plan are making critical investments and creating an economy that works for everyone.”

llinois businesses added jobs in nine metro areas, with the largest percentage increases in: Champaign-Urbana (+3.4%, +3,800), Carbondale-Marion (+2.5%, +1,500) Decatur (+1.5%, +800), and Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights (+24,200 or +0.6%). Total nonfarm jobs were down in Peoria (-1.7%, -3,100), Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL (-1.2%, -2,300) and Danville (-0.4%, -100).

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

Not seasonally adjusted data compares November 2019 with November 2018. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 3.4 percent in November 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 November 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 AreaNov 2019*



Over-the-Year Change
Champaign-Urbana 3.1%4.3%-1.2
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights3.1%3.3%-0.2
Danville 4.6%5.8%-1.2
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL3.9%3.7%0.2
Decatur 4.5%5.5%-1.0
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI3.4%4.0%-0.6
St. Louis (IL-Section)3.4%4.5%-1.1
Illinois Statewide3.4%4.0%-0.6
* Preliminary | **Revised

Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – November 2019
Metropolitan Area





Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington MSA93,50093,5000
Carbondale-Marion MSA61,30059,8001,500
Champaign-Urbana MSA116,400112,6003,800
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division3,861,5003,837,30024,200
Danville MSA27,70027,800-100
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA186,900189,200-2,300
Decatur MSA53,10052,300800
Elgin Metro Division270,100269,1001,000
Kankakee MSA47,30047,200100
Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division432,400429,6002,800
Peoria MSA175,100178,200-3,100
Rockford MSA154,600155,000-400
Springfield MSA116,500115,5001,000
Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA246,000243,2002,800
Illinois Statewide6,243,4006,205,90037,500
*Preliminary | **Revised