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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2013

March Unemployment Rate Holds at 9.5 Percent
Job Growth Up Over Year Yet Down Over Month

CHICAGO – The March unemployment rate was 9.5 percent, unchanged from February, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). As expected, Illinois recorded -17,800 fewer jobs compared to February even as it added +36,600 over March 2012. The data is seasonally adjusted.

“Illinois employers were expected to report fewer positions in March. Economic uncertainty nationally and abroad dampened our country’s job growth. When that happens, Illinois’ share tends to be a negative number,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “Monthly snapshots capture a moment in time. When those moments are evaluated together, we see progress away from a global recession and through a stubborn economic growth cycle marked by volatile swings in monthly data here and across our country.”

The three-month moving average of job growth, a data point that smoothes monthly volatility and unpredictable or one time events, shows +1,100 jobs added each month so far this year.

Illinois has added +218,500 private sector jobs since January 2010 when job growth returned following nearly two years of consecutive monthly declines. Leading growth sectors are Professional and Business Services (+89,300); Education and Health Services (+57,800); and Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+37,000). Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down -26,500.

In March 2013, the number of unemployed individuals increased slightly +1,700 (+0.3 percent) to 629,200. Total unemployed has fallen -123,000 (-16.4 percent) since early 2010 when the state unemployment rate peaked at 11.3 percent for the months of January and February.

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. The state rate has been lower than the national rate only six times since January 2000.

Continuing the post-recession trend, a greater portion of Illinoisans participate in the labor market and have active job searches than the national average. Recent job growth also has encouraged more people to look for work, especially those who gave up during the national recession. Individuals who re-start their work search again appear in the unemployment rate, which prevents the rate from falling as quickly as one would expect given job creation.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

 
March
2013
February
2013
March
2012
3-Month
Moving Avg.
Illinois
9.5%
9.5%
8.8%*
9.3%
U.S.
7.6%
7.7%
8.2%*
7.7%
* Revised

 

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-farm Jobs – by Major Industry

Industry Title
March
2013*
February
2013**
March
2012**
Over the Month Change
Over the Year
Change
3-Month
Moving Avg.
Change from
Previous
3-Month
Mov. Avg.
Total Nonfarm
5,776,200
5,794,000
5,739,600
-17,800
36,600
5,783,000
1,100
Mining
10,300
10,300
10,300
0
0
10,300
0
Construction
185,900
187,200
194,400
-1,300
-8,500
186,000
900
Manufacturing
583,200
583,700
581,500
-500
1,700
583,000
300
Trade, Transportation, & Utilities
1,157,900
1,166,900
1,154,600
-9,000
3,300
1,163,500
-3,900
Information
99,700
99,900
100,400
-200
-700
99,700
0
Financial Activities
371,200
371,200
364,800
0
6,400
371,100
900
Professional and Business Services
870,200
876,000
856,200
-5,800
14,000
871,700
700
Educational and Health Services
879,300
876,400
859,500
2,900
19,800
877,000
2,500
Leisure and Hospitality
535,600
540,500
535,800
-4,900
-200
538,400
-700
Other Services
253,100
251,400
250,100
1,700
3,000
252,200
1,000
Government
829,800
830,500
832,000
-700
-2,200
830,100
-600
 
                              * Preliminary                    ** Revised
 

Notes:


• Illinois monthly labor force, unemployed and unemployment rates for years 2008-2012 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 sum-of-states controls, Census population controls, seasonal factors, non-farm jobs and unemployment insurance claims inputs. Data were also 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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