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7/23/20 - The number of nonfarm jobs decreased over-the-year in June in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas, with six metro areas at record low payrolls, 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 that the unemployment rate increased over-the-year in all metro areas to record highs for the month of June. The official, BLS-approved sub-state unemployment rate and nonfarm jobs series begins in 1990. Data reported prior to 1990 are not directly comparable due to updates in methodology.
"As part of our efforts to safely reopen our economy, Governor Pritzker recently released a mitigation plan to help the state prevent a COVID-19 resurgence and protect Illinois' economic recovery," said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. "We remained focused on supporting working families and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic."
Data shows the number of nonfarm jobs decreased in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas. Total nonfarm jobs were down in Peoria (-13.2%, -22,800), Elgin (-12.6%, -33,400), Decatur (-11.4%, -5,800) and Rockford (-11.4%, -17,400). In Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, jobs were down -9.5% (-366,300). Job losses occurred across all industries and there were no industry sectors that recorded job growth in a majority of metro areas.
Not seasonally adjusted data compares June 2020 with June 2019. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 14.6 percent in June 2020, a record high for the month of June, dating back to 1976. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 11.2 percent in June 2020, also a record high, dating back to 1948. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and seeking employment.
Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
|Metropolitan Area||June 2020*||June 2019**||Over-the-Year Change|
|Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL||11.1%||3.9%||7.2|
|St. Louis (IL-Section)||12.3%||4.1%||8.2|
|* Preliminary I ** Revised || || || |
Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – June 2020
|Metropolitan Area||June|| June||Over-the-Year|
|Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division||3,475,200||3,841,500||-366,300|
|Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA||176,800||189,200||-12,400|
|Elgin Metro Division||231,600||265,000||-33,400|
|Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division||384,600||432,000||-47,400|
|Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA||225,400||240,500||-15,100|
|*Preliminary | **Revised|| || || |