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3/19/20 - The unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in January 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 four Illinois metropolitan areas and decreased in ten.
“This administration has spent the past year strengthening our state’s economy by raising workers’ wages, investing in our schools, and securing a much-needed bipartisan capital plan,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “As we enter this period of uncertainty, we remain committed to supporting working families.”
Illinois businesses added jobs in four metro areas, with the largest percentage increases in Champaign-Urbana (+1.9%, +2,000), Kankakee (+1.3%, +600) and Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights (+1.0%, +36,400). Total nonfarm jobs were down in Rockford (-4.2%, -6,300), Peoria (-1.9%, -3,200) and Lake-Kenosha (-1.6%, -6,500). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas included Education and Health Services (9 of 14).
Not seasonally adjusted data compares January 2020 with January 2019. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 4.0 percent in January 2020 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in January 2020 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||January 2020*||January 2019**||Over-the-Year Change|
|Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL||4.7%||5.4%||-0.7|
|St. Louis (IL-Section)||3.8%||5.5%||-1.7|
|* Preliminary I ** Revised |||||||
Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – January 2020
|Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division||3,750,300||3,713,900||36,400|
|Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA||183,300||183,900||-600|
|Elgin Metro Division||256,100||256,600||-500|
|Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division||405,200||411,700||-6,500|
|Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA||235,700||235,200||500|