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ILLINOIS NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2012

Illinois Adds 4,800 Jobs and Rate Holds at 8.8 Percent

CHICAGO – Illinois added +4,800 jobs in October and the unemployment rate held at 8.8 percent for the second consecutive month, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The data is seasonally adjusted. One year ago, the October unemployment rate was 10 percent.

“Job growth and an unemployment rate significantly lower than one year ago shows steady economic progress,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “Our eyes now turn toward Congress. Decisions must be made regarding the fiscal cliff so that Illinois’ economy can continue to recover.”

Illinois added +158,200 private sector jobs since January 2010 when job growth returned to Illinois following nearly two years of consecutive monthly losses. Leading growth sectors are Professional and Business Services (+78,400); Manufacturing (+43,300); and Education and Health Services (+42,100). Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down -27,200.

October 2012 job gains were driven by the Leisure and Hospitality, and Education and Health Services sectors. Manufacturing added +900 jobs in October, and manufacturing payrolls are up +20,000 in the first 10 months of this year. This is nearly twice as strong as 2010 and more than double the gain posted in 2011 for the same 10-month period.

In October 2012, the number of unemployed individuals fell -1,100 (-0.2 percent) to 581,300, the 11th monthly decline in 14 months. Total unemployed declined -171,500 (-22.8 percent) since January 2010 when the state unemployment rate peaked at 11.4 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. 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.

There are 120,000 help-wanted ads on Illinoisjoblink.com, the IDES employment website that links job seekers with employers. This no-cost, career resource allows individuals to create multiple resumes that emphasize different talents and allows businesses to search for specific skills. The keyword matching technology increases the likelihood of a successful new hire. Illinoisjoblink.com emphasizes Illinois jobs, scrapes other job boards, and compares favorably to private efforts that cost hundreds of dollars for a single advertisement. No-cost HR recruitment services are available there and at (877) 342-7533.
 

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

 
October
2012
September
2012
October
2011
3-Month
Moving Avg.
Illinois
8.8%
8.8%
10.0%*
8.9%
U.S.
7.9%
7.8%
8.9%*
7.9%
* Revised

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-farm Jobs – by Major Industry

Industry Title
October
2012*
September
2012**
October
2011**
Over the Month Change
Over the Year
Change
3-Month
Moving Avg.
Change from
Previous
3-Month
Mov. Avg.
Total Nonfarm     
5,712,600
5,707,800
5,674,800
4,800
37,800
5,706,000
7,900
Mining
9,600
9,700
9,700
-100
-100
9,700
-100
Construction     
185,100
184,100
192,000
1,000
-6,900
184,400
100
Manufacturing    
596,900
596,000
575,700
900
21,200
596,800
-300
Trade, Transportation, & Utilities
1,132,700
1,133,400
1,140,200
-700
-7,500
1,134,500
-1,700
Information      
96,800
97,400
100,500
-600
-3,700
97,900
-1,200
Financial Activities
366,700
366,700
362,400
0
4,300
366,400
700
Professional and Business Services
858,200
859,200
838,500
-1,000
19,700
857,500
1,100
Educational and Health Services
863,700
861,100
856,500
2,600
7,200
861,200
3,300
Leisure and Hospitality
536,200
533,500
518,600
2,700
17,600
533,300
3,000
Other Services   
238,400
238,500
246,200
-100
-7,800
238,500
500
Government        
828,300
828,200
834,500
100
-6,200
825,900
2,500
 
                              * Preliminary                    ** Revised
 

 

Notes:


• Illinois monthly labor force, unemployed and unemployment rates for years 2007-2011 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 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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