Unemployment Rates Up, Jobs Down in All Metro Areas Across the State

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12/23/20 - The number of nonfarm jobs decreased over-the-year in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in November, 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. 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.

“IDES and the Pritzker administration are committed to serving the needs of workers, claimants, and families impacted by the continued pandemic,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “With the passing of the new federal Covid-19 relief legislation, IDES will work as quickly as possible to implement the extensions and creation of unemployment programs included in the new stimulus if and when it is signed. The Department remains dedicated to serving claimants who desperately need the services of IDES, particularly during this difficult holiday season.”

The number of nonfarm jobs decreased in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas. Total nonfarm jobs were down in Peoria (-9.6%, -16,300), Elgin (-9.3%, -24,500), and Rockford (-8.1%, -12,200). In Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, jobs were down 7.1% (-274,100). Three metro areas recorded a new record low number of nonfarm jobs for November (dating back to 1990) and one tied a record low.

Not seasonally adjusted data compares November 2020 with November 2019. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 6.5 percent in November 2020. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in November 2020.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan AreaNovember 2020*November 2019**Over-the-Year
Bloomington4.6%3.2%1.4
Carbondale-Marion5.1%3.5%1.6
Champaign-Urbana 4.5%3.2%1.3
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights7.3%3.0%4.3
Danville 6.1%4.7%1.4
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL4.8%4.0%0.8
Decatur 7.7%4.8%2.9
Elgin6.0%3.7%2.3
Kankakee6.0%4.8%1.2
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI5.5%3.5%2.0
Peoria6.2%4.2%2.0
Rockford7.1%5.3%1.8
Springfield5.8%3.5%2.3
St. Louis (IL-Section)5.0%3.5%1.5
Illinois Statewide6.5%3.4%3.1
* Preliminary  I ** Revised    


Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) –November 2020

Metropolitan AreaNovemberNovemberOver-the-Year
 2020*2019**Change
Bloomington MSA88,30094,200-5,900
Carbondale-Marion MSA57,30059,200-1,900
Champaign-Urbana MSA114,800119,600-4,800
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division3,561,1003,835,200-274,100
Danville MSA26,60027,600-1,000
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA177,300188,000-10,700
Decatur MSA46,80050,500-3,700
Elgin Metro Division238,700263,200-24,500
Kankakee MSA44,50046,800-2,300
Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division392,500420,500-28,000
Peoria MSA153,800170,100-16,300
Rockford MSA137,700149,900-12,200
Springfield MSA104,100110,000-5,900
Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA234,500244,200-9,700
Illinois Statewide5,752,3006,169,300-417,000
*Preliminary | **Revised