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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2011

Local Unemployment Continues to Drop Across the State
Illinois Adds +100,300 Jobs Since January 2010

CHICAGO – Year-over-year unemployment rates for April dropped in every metropolitan area in Illinois for an unprecedented eighth consecutive month, according to preliminary data released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. That has not occurred since this data set was first built in 1976. The not seasonally adjusted data compares April 2011 to April 2010. The largest declines were in: Rockford (-3.8 points to 11.9 percent), Danville (-2.7 points to 9.6 percent), Decatur (-2.5 points to 9.7 percent), Peoria (-2.5 points to 8.0 percent), and Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (-2.0 points to 8.7 percent).

“But for flood-devastated Alexander County, over-the-year unemployment rates would have fallen in every county in the state for a record fifth straight month,” IDES Acting Director Theresa P. Larkin said. “As communities throughout Illinois continue to recover from the national recession, overall trends indicate that our economy is improving and moving in the right direction.” 

Over the year, total payroll jobs increased in six metropolitan areas, decreased in two and were unchanged in four. The largest over-the-year percentage increases in total non-farm jobs were in Peoria (+3.3 percent, +5,800), Kankakee-Bradley (+2.1 percent, +900), Rockford (+1.3 percent, +1,800), and the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville area (+1.0 percent, +37,400). Industry sectors leading over-the-year job growth were Educational and Health Services (10 metro areas) and Manufacturing (8 areas).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares the current month to the same month of the previous year. The April 2011 not seasonally adjusted state rate was 8.6 percent and 12.1 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the rate was 8.7 percent in April and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work. A person ineligible for unemployment benefits will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they continue to look for work. Since January 2010, Illinois has added +100,300 new jobs.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area
April
2011*
April
2010
Bloomington-Normal
6.2%
7.5%
Champaign-Urbana
7.2%
8.5%
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville
8.7%
10.7%
Danville
9.6%
12.3%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl.
7.1%
8.5%
Decatur
9.7%
12.2%
Kankakee-Bradley
11.2%
13.3%
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI
8.9%
10.8%
Peoria
8.0%
10.5%
Rockford
11.9%
15.7%
Springfield
6.8%
8.0%
St. Louis (IL-Section)
8.2%
9.4%
* Data subject to revision.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Non-farm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – April 2011

 

Metropolitan Area
April
2011*
April
2010**
Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington-Normal MSA
92,100
92,100
0
Champaign-Urbana MSA
109,500
112,400
-2,900
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Div.
3,627,600
3,590,200
37,400
Danville MSA
28,900
29,000
-100
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA
180,300
178,400
1,900
Decatur MSA
52,100
52,100
0
Kankakee-Bradley MSA
43,600
42,700
900
Lake County-Kenosha County Metro Div.
374,800
373,700
1,100
Peoria MSA
182,100
176,300
5,800
Rockford MSA
144,800
143,000
1,800
Springfield MSA
111,500
111,400
100
Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA
233,800
236,200
-2,400
 
                *Preliminary    **Revised



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