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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2011

National, State Unemployment 9.2 Percent in June
Illinois Adds Jobs in Manufacturing, Construction

CHICAGO – In step with the national rate, the Illinois seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June was 9.2 percent, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The Illinois rate has been equal to or below the U.S. rate for nine consecutive months, and Illinois has reported declines in 15 of the past 17 months. Illinois’ three-month moving average increased +0.1 point to 8.9 percent.

“Illinois has added more than 10,000 manufacturing jobs and nearly 9,000 jobs in the construction sector over this time last year, including strong growth over the past month,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “While uneven movements - as we are seeing across the nation - are an expected part of an economic recovery, Illinois is building on the steady progress that has been made.”

Nationally, consumer confidence continues to hinder discretionary spending, which causes, in turn, businesses to delay expansion and hiring. This natural cycle, however, need not impede Illinois businesses and individuals from leveraging tax incentives and job training. Find details at www.ides.illinois.gov/employer/ui-credits.asp and http://business.illinois.gov/tax_incentives.cfm

“Businesses should evaluate tax credits designed to promote economic activity and hire specific groups of individuals, such as military Veterans,” Rowell said. “Job seekers should evaluate their skills and identify the training that is needed in order to qualify for available jobs today and in the coming years.”

In June, monthly payroll employment contracted by -7,200, seasonally adjusted. The three-month moving average is up by +2,300. The three-month context better depicts labor market trends by offsetting monthly fluctuations.

Since January 2010, when Illinois employment resumed after the national recession, Illinois has added +97,200 net new jobs. This represents a 1.7 percent job growth, compared to the nation’s 1.4 percent. Leading sectors are Professional and Business Services (+36,000); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+24,600); Educational and Health Services (+23,900); and Manufacturing (+18,000).

The number of unemployed individuals rose for the second time since January 2010, increasing +18,900 (+3.2 percent) to 603,700. Total unemployed has declined -136,400 (-18.4 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

 
June
2011
May
2011
June
2010
3-Month
Moving Avg.
Illinois
9.2%
8.9%
10.3%*
8.9%
U.S.
9.2%
9.1%
9.5%*
9.1%
* Revised

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-farm Jobs – by Major Industry

Industry Title
June
2011*
May
2011**
 
June
2010**
Over the Month Change
Over the Year
Change
3-Month
Moving Avg.
Change from
Previous
3-Month
Mov. Avg.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Non-farm     
5,677,700
5,684,900
5,618,700
-7,200
59,000
5,680,900
2,300
Mining
9,300
9,300
9,000
0
300
9,300
-100
Construction     
207,300
206,200
198,400
1,100
8,900
205,500
1,600
Manufacturing    
571,200
570,300
561,100
900
10,100
570,100
2,600
Trade, Transportation, & Utilities
1,143,400
1,144,600
1,125,900
-1,200
17,500
1,144,500
1,100
Information      
97,200
97,200
101,800
0
-4,600
96,900
-300
Financial Activities
355,600
355,400
361,100
200
-5,500
354,700
300
Professional and Business Services
816,300
819,200
801,500
-2,900
14,800
818,400
-1,500
Educational and Health Services
845,600
849,100
830,900
-3,500
14,700
847,700
-500
Leisure and Hospitality
523,800
519,900
513,100
3,900
10,700
522,200
0
Other Services   
256,500
258,700
253,900
-2,200
2,600
258,400
-1,400
Government        
851,500
855,000
862,000
-3,500
-10,500
853,200
600
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                              * 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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