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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2011

Unemployment Rate Falls 15th Time to 8.7 Percent
Illinois Adds 100,000 Jobs Since Recovery Began

CHICAGO – The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell for the 15th consecutive month, dropping  0.1 to 8.7 percent in April, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. This is the lowest unemployment rate since February 2009 when it was 8.6 percent. The national rate in April increased slightly by +0.2 to 9.0 percent. The Illinois rate has been equal to or below the U.S. rate for seven consecutive months.

“Long-term trends show our economy continues to steadily improve,” IDES Acting Director Theresa P. Larkin said. “But no recovery is marked by a straight upward line. Even with a growing recovery, slight up-and-down movement in the unemployment rate and job creation is to be expected.”

Illinois added +9,900 jobs in April. The three-month moving average of seasonally adjusted payroll employment gain for February through April is +10,900. The three-month context better depicts trends in the labor market by offsetting fluctuations in monthly payroll estimates.

Since January 2010 when Illinois employment resumed after the national recession, Illinois has added +100,300 net new jobs. Leading sectors are Professional and Business Services (+39,200); Educational and Health Services (+26,200); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+26,100); and Manufacturing (+14,600). That represents a 1.8 percent job growth, compared to the nation’s 1.4 percent.

In April, the number of unemployed individuals fell for the 15th consecutive month, dropping  6,600 ( 1.1 percent) to 575,300, the lowest level since February 2009. Total unemployed has declined -164,800 (-22.3 percent) since January 2010 when the state unemployment rate peaked at 11.2 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.

The IDES supports economic stability by administering unemployment benefits, collecting business contributions to fund those benefits, connecting employers with qualified job seekers, and providing economic information to assist career planning and economic development. It does so through nearly 60 offices, including Illinois workNet centers.

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

 
April
2011
March
2011
April
2010
3-Month
Moving Avg.
Illinois
8.7%
8.8%
10.8%*
8.8%
U.S.
9.0%
8.8%
9.8%*
8.9%
* Revised

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-farm Jobs – by Major Industry

Industry Title
April
2011*
March
2011**
 
April
2010**
Over the Month Change
Over the Year
Change
3-Month
Moving Avg.
Change from
Previous
3-Month
Mov. Avg.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Non-farm     
5,680,800
5,670,900
5,614,200
9,900
66,600
5,673,300
10,900
Mining
9,400
9,400
9,000
0
400
9,500
0
Construction     
204,400
202,700
203,200
1,700
1,200
202,800
1,200
Manufacturing    
567,800
563,600
558,900
4,200
8,900
565,000
1,200
Trade, Transportation, & Utilities
1,144,900
1,140,200
1,126,600
4,700
18,300
1,140,400
2,900
Information      
96,400
98,000
102,100
-1,600
-5,700
97,900
-1,300
Financial Activities
353,700
354,500
362,300
-800
-8,600
354,700
-900
Professional and Business Services
819,500
820,900
797,100
-1,400
22,400
819,500
2,900
Educational and Health Services
847,900
847,000
827,500
900
20,400
847,700
1,700
Leisure and Hospitality
524,200
524,000
514,300
200
9,900
525,400
900
Other Services   
259,400
260,800
254,700
-1,400
4,700
259,900
1,100
Government        
853,200
849,800
858,500
3,400
-5,300
850,700
1,300
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                              * Preliminary                    ** Revised
 

Notes:


• Illinois monthly labor force, unemployed and unemployment rates for years 2006-2010 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 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://lmi.ides.state.il.us/cesfiles/cescurrent.htm.
• “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://lmi.ides.state.il.us/laus/icmaur.htm.

 



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