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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2012

Illinois Adds 9,600 Jobs in August
Back-to-School Drives Gains; Manufacturing Leads Year

CHICAGO – Illinois added +9,600 jobs in August and the unemployment rate inched up 0.2 percentage points to 9.1 percent, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The data is seasonally adjusted.

“A pattern developed last year of slowing job growth in the summer months followed by lower unemployment rates after school re-opened in the fall,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “As we head into winter, the economic uncertainty caused by Congressional inaction threatens this recovery. Waiting to the last minute to make serious decisions unnecessarily undermines consumer and business confidence and hinders economic growth.”

Total private-sector employment grew by +9,000 jobs in August, boosted primarily by gains in Educational and Health Services and Leisure and Hospitality. Although the entire Government sector added +600 jobs in August, Local Government added +1,300 because classes resumed after summer vacation. Manufacturing employment gains remained steady (+700) and continues a more rapid growth rate in 2012 compared to previous year gains. From January through August of this year, manufacturing employment has expanded by +18,900 jobs.

Illinois added +151,200 private sector jobs since January 2010 when job growth returned to Illinois following nearly two years of consecutive monthly declines. Leading growth sectors are Professional and Business Services (+75,000); Manufacturing (+44,900); and Educational and Health Services (+37,700). Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down -34,300.

In August 2012, the number of unemployed individuals increased +6,700 (+1.1 percent) to 593,800, the third monthly increase after nine consecutive monthly declines. Total unemployed declined -159,000 (-21.1 percent) since January 2010 when the state unemployment rate peaked at 11.4 percent.

The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and seeking employment. A person who exhausts benefits, or is ineligible, still will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work. Historically, the national unemployment rate is lower than the state rate. Only six times since January 2000 has the Illinois rate been lower than the nation’s. That period includes times of economic expansion and contraction.

There are 120,000 help-wanted ads on Illinoisjoblink.com, the IDES employment website that links job seekers with employers. This no-cost, career resource allows individuals to create multiple resumes that emphasize different talents and allows businesses to search for specific skills. The keyword matching technology increases the likelihood of a successful new hire. Illinois JobLink emphasizes Illinois jobs, scrapes other commercial job boards, and compares favorably to private efforts that cost hundreds of dollars for a single advertisement.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

 
August
2012
July
2012
August
2011
3-Month
Moving Avg.
Illinois
9.1%
8.9%
10.2%*
8.9%
U.S.
8.1%
8.3%
9.1%*
8.2%
* Revised

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-farm Jobs – by Major Industry

Industry Title
August
2012*
July
2012**
August
2011**
Over the Month Change
Over the Year
Change
3-Month
Moving Avg.
Change from
Previous
3-Month
Mov. Avg.
Total Nonfarm     
5,698,500
5,688,900
5,659,400
9,600
39,100
5,693,800
1,500
Mining
9,800
9,800
9,600
0
200
9,800
0
Construction     
183,500
185,000
195,000
-1,500
-11,500
184,300
-100
Manufacturing    
598,500
597,800
573,900
700
24,600
597,600
1,500
Trade, Transportation, & Utilities
1,137,000
1,138,000
1,135,500
-1,000
1,500
1,136,100
0
Information      
99,600
100,300
100,500
-700
-900
99,800
100
Financial Activities
365,600
364,500
362,000
1,100
3,600
364,600
200
Professional and Business Services
854,800
855,000
829,900
-200
24,900
854,300
1,400
Educational and Health Services
859,300
854,000
856,400
5,300
2,900
855,300
2,900
Leisure and Hospitality
530,500
527,000
516,400
3,500
14,100
529,600
1,000
Other Services   
238,700
236,900
247,800
1,800
-9,100
239,100
-1,800
Government        
821,200
820,600
832,400
600
-11,200
823,400
-3,500
 
                              * Preliminary                    ** Revised
 

Notes:


• Illinois monthly labor force, unemployed and unemployment rates for years 2007-2011 have been revised as required by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In February of each year, monthly labor force data for all states are revised to reflect updated Census population controls, seasonal factors, non-farm jobs and unemployment insurance claims inputs. Data were smoothed to eliminate large monthly changes as a result of volatility in the monthly household (CPS) survey. Comments and tables distributed in prior Illinois unemployment rate news release materials should be discarded because any analysis, including records, previously cited might no longer be valid.
• Seasonally adjusted employment data for subsectors within industries are not available.  For not seasonally adjusted jobs data with greater industry detail, go to http://www.ides.illinois.gov/Custom/Library/Statistic/CES/I_NSA_CES_Illinois_MSAs_Jobs_2000_to_Current.XLS .
• “Other Services” includes a wide range of activities in three broad categories: Personal and laundry; repair and maintenance; and religious, grant making, civic and professional organizations.
• Monthly seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Illinois and the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan Division are available at: http://www.ides.illinois.gov/page.aspx?item=2509 .



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