Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down in All Fourteen Metro Areas in July

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8/27/20 - SPRINGFIELD –The number of nonfarm jobs decreased over-the-year in July in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas, with five 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). The unemployment rate increased over-the-year in all metro areas and to record highs for the month of July in four metros. 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 the state continues to monitor the safety of economic reopening, IDES is committed to continuing to help those who need services,” said IDES Acting Director Kristin Richards. “With the support of the Pritzker administration, the Department is prepared to support working families who continue to be affected by this pandemic.” 
The number of nonfarm jobs decreased in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas. Total nonfarm jobs were down in Peoria (-12.0%, -20,700), Decatur (-11.2%, -5,700) and Elgin (-10.8%, -28,200). In Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, jobs were down -8.1% (-311,900). No industry sector saw job gains in a majority of metro areas.

Not seasonally adjusted data compares July 2020 with July 2019. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 11.3 percent in July 2020, was the highest unemployment rate the month of July since 1983, when it was 11.5 percent. The official, BLS approved, statewide unemployment rate series begins in 1976. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 10.5 percent in July 2020, was a record high for the month of July, dating back to 1948. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and seeking employment.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
Metropolitan AreaJuly 2020*July 2019**Over-the-Year Change
Champaign-Urbana 7.9%4.2%3.7
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights12.6%4.1%8.5
Danville 9.9%5.4%4.5
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL9.1%3.9%5.2
Decatur 12.0%5.6%6.4
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI8.9%3.9%5.0
St. Louis (IL-Section)9.4%4.3%5.1
Illinois Statewide11.3%4.2%7.1
* Preliminary  I  ** Revised    

Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – July 2020
Metropolitan AreaJulyJulyOver-the-Year
Bloomington MSA83,40090,000-6,600
Carbondale-Marion MSA53,70056,700-3,000
Champaign-Urbana MSA104,300108,700-4,400
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division3,518,5003,830,400-311,900
Danville MSA25,40027,300-1,900
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA172,300189,200-16,900
Decatur MSA45,00050,700-5,700
Elgin Metro Division233,300261,500-28,200
Kankakee MSA43,80045,900-2,100
Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division387,800428,400-40,600
Peoria MSA151,200171,900-20,700
Rockford MSA137,900150,000-12,100
Springfield MSA102,900109,900-7,000
Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA224,300238,400-14,100
Illinois Statewide5,637,3006,134,900-497,600
*Preliminary | **Revised