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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2013

Unemployment Rate Declines to 9.3 Percent
April Shows Job Growth Over Year; Loss Over Month

CHICAGO – The April unemployment rate fell to 9.3 percent from 9.5 percent in March, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). There were -2,000 fewer jobs over the month yet +40,300 more jobs than one year ago. The data is seasonally adjusted.

“April data reflects the unevenness of this recovery,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “The up-and-down movement in the monthly figures masks the 216,000 jobs that have been added during this part of the economic cycle. This uneven path forward likely will continue until consumer and business confidence can be sustained at the national level.”

Illinois has added +216,000 private sector jobs since January 2010 when job growth returned following nearly two years of consecutive monthly declines. Since, the monthly volatility has been significant. When compared to the previous month, Illinois recorded job growth in 27 months and job loss in 13. The unemployment rate increased in seven months, fell in 13 and was unchanged in 10.

Leading growth sectors since January 2010 are Professional and Business Services (+91,600); Education and Health Services (+59,600); and Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+37,600). Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down -24,700.

In April 2013, the number of unemployed individuals decreased -18,000 (-2.9 percent) to 611,000. Total unemployed has fallen -141,200 (-18.8 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. This includes periods of economic expansion and contraction.
 

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

 
April
2013
March
2013
April
2012
3-Month
Moving Avg.
Illinois
9.3%
9.5%
8.8%*
9.4%
U.S.
7.5%
7.6%
8.1%*
7.6%
* Revised

 

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-farm Jobs – by Major Industry

Industry Title
April
2013*
March
2013**
April
2012**
Over the Month Change
Over the Year
Change
3-Month
Moving Avg.
Change from
Previous
3-Month
Mov. Avg.
Total Nonfarm
5,775,500
5,777,500
5,735,200
-2,000
40,300
5,782,300
-1,100
Mining
10,300
10,300
10,400
0
-100
10,300
0
Construction
177,500
185,400
190,400
-7,900
-12,900
183,400
-2,400
Manufacturing
583,000
583,700
582,600
-700
400
583,500
400
Trade, Transportation, & Utilities
1,158,500
1,159,900
1,153,800
-1,400
4,700
1,161,800
-2,400
Information
99,700
99,500
100,400
200
-700
99,700
0
Financial Activities
371,400
371,200
365,000
200
6,400
371,300
200
Professional and Business Services
872,500
869,600
856,900
2,900
15,600
872,700
1,200
Educational and Health Services
880,600
879,600
860,000
1,000
20,600
878,900
1,800
Leisure and Hospitality
536,300
535,100
534,700
1,200
1,600
537,300
-900
Other Services
254,100
253,100
249,400
1,000
4,700
252,900
700
Government
831,600
830,100
831,600
1,500
0
830,700
500
 
                              * 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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