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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2009

August Unemployment Rate At 10.0 Percent In Illinois
Slight Increases And Decreases Natural In A Recession

CHICAGO – The Illinois seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate decreased -0.4 point to 10.0 percent in August, according to figures released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Slight increases and decreases in the rate are to be expected in a recession. The three-month moving average remained at 10.2 percent, its highest level since 1983.

“For many months, we have encouraged people to be optimistic and realistic. These numbers likely reflect the fluctuation that happens in every recession,” Director Maureen O’Donnell said. “We encourage people to use our services to compare their skill sets to the changing job market and take advantage of training opportunities that are available.”

Illinois payroll employment declined by –19,200 jobs in August. Although the pace of job loss has slowed, it has been in the -15,000 to -20,000 range for four consecutive months. Manufacturing posted its first gain (2,100 jobs) in 19 months and its largest gain in 38 months, part of which could be attributed to the cash for clunkers program. Construction (+500 jobs) and Information (+900 jobs) sectors reported small increases following 11 straight months of losses. Employment in the Trade and Transportation sector dropped -6,200 jobs in August, its biggest loss in eight months. Payroll jobs in Professional and Business Services decreased -5,400.

Nationally, the August unemployment rate increased +0.3 to 9.7 percent, its highest level in 26 years.  Total non-farm payroll fell for the 20th consecutive month (-216,000), bringing total national job loss to
-6.9 million since the onset of the recession in December 2007.  The national employment decline continues to be dominated by the Manufacturing, Professional and Business Services, and Construction sectors, dropping by -2.0 million, -1.5 million and -1.4 million jobs respectively since December 2007.  Illinois has lost -342,800 jobs since the onset of the recession:  93,000 in Manufacturing; -84,500 in Professional and Business Services; and, -46,800 in Construction.

The unemployment rate is not the same measurement as the one used to determine the number of people collecting unemployment insurance. The unemployment rate is determined through a statistical calculation based on a national sample survey.  In contrast, the number of people collecting unemployment insurance is an actual count of those persons who seek benefits and remain eligible to receive those benefits.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security administers federally funded employment services and unemployment insurance through its nearly 60 offices, including the Illinois workNet Centers. IDES also receives federal grants to provide and analyze labor market statistics and information.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

 
August
2009
July
2009
August
2008
Illinois
10.0%
10.4%*
6.7%*
U.S.
9.7%
9.4%
6.2%
*  Revised

 
Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-Farm Jobs – by Major Industry

Industry Title
August*
2009
July**
2009
August**
2008
Over the Month Change
Over the Year
Change
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Non-Farm     
5,648,400
5,667,600
5,954,500
-19,200
-306,100
Mining
10,100
10,100
10,200
0
-100
Construction     
220,900
220,400
260,400
500
-39,500
Manufacturing    
577,800
575,700
657,900
2,100
-80,100
Trade, Transportation, & Utilities
1,148,400
1,154,600
1,205,500
-6,200
-57,100
Information      
107,200
106,300
115,100
900
-7,900
Financial Activities
370,900
374,100
391,000
-3,200
-20,100
Professional and Business Services
790,800
796,200
860,900
-5,400
-70,100
Educational and Health Services
797,300
798,400
803,400
-1,100
-6,100
Leisure and Hospitality
520,000
522,900
531,300
-2,900
-11,300
Other Services   
256,300
259,500
264,900
-3,200
-8,600
Government        
848,700
849,400
853,900
-700
-5,200
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Preliminary      **Revised

 
 
Notes:
 
·         Seasonally adjusted employment data for subsectors within industries are not available.
·         “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.  For a list of all activities under Other Services and all other industry sectors, go to http://www.census.gov/epcd/naics02/naico602.htm .
·         For not-seasonally-adjusted jobs data showing greater industry detail, go to http://lmi.ides.state.il.us/cesfiles/cescurrent.htm .
·         Monthly seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Illinois and the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan Division are available at:  http://lmi.ides.state.il.us/laus/icmaur.htm .
·         Illinois monthly labor force, unemployed and unemployment rates for years 2004-2008 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 and state supplied non-farm jobs and UI claims inputs.  The revised monthly data are also smoothed to eliminate large changes as a result of volatility in the monthly household (CPS) survey.  Comments and tables distributed for prior monthly Illinois unemployment rate news releases should be discarded.  Any records and other historical analysis previously cited for Illinois labor force, number of unemployed and unemployment rates may no longer be valid under the revised monthly time series.


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