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Jobs Up, Unemployment Rates Down in All 14 Metro Areas

SPRINGFIELD - The unemployment rate decreased in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in August according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Jobs increased in all metros.


"Economic recovery, jobs growth, and consistent historically low unemployment claims data continues to signal a strong labor market throughout the state," said Deputy Governor Andy Manar. "Whether you're returning to the workforce or looking to switch career fields, the State of Illinois offers a suite of workforce development and job and training resources to those who are looking for it."


The metro areas with the largest over-the-year percentage increases in total nonfarm jobs were the Rockford MSA (+5.2%, +7,200), the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights MSA (+4.8%, +172,600), and the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL MSA (+4.2%, +7,500). Industries that saw job growth in a majority of metro areas included: Mining and Construction and Leisure and Hospitality (fourteen areas each); Manufacturing (thirteen areas); Professional and Business Services and Education and Health Services (eleven areas each); Government (ten areas); Wholesale Trade, Retail Trade, Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities, and Other Services (nine areas each).


The metro areas with the largest unemployment rate decreases were the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metropolitan Division (-1.6 points to 5.0%), the Carbondale-Marion MSA (-1.3 points to 4.5%), and the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL MSA (-1.3 points to 3.8%). The unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in 97 counties, increased in 2, and was unchanged in 3.



Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area

August 2022*

August 2021**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

3.9%

4.8%

-0.9

Carbondale-Marion

4.5%

5.8%

-1.3

Champaign-Urbana

4.3%

5.3%

-1.0

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

5.0%

6.6%

-1.6

Danville

5.7%

6.8%

-1.1

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

3.8%

5.1%

-1.3

Decatur

6.5%

7.7%

-1.2

Elgin

4.7%

5.6%

-0.9

Kankakee

5.9%

6.5%

-0.6

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

4.0%

4.9%

-0.9

Peoria

4.9%

5.9%

-1.0

Rockford

6.8%

7.8%

-1.0

Springfield

4.3%

5.4%

-1.1

St. Louis (IL-Section)

4.3%

5.4%

-1.1

Illinois Statewide

4.8%

6.1%

-1.3

* Preliminary  I  ** Revised

 

 

 
















Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) - August 2022

Metropolitan Area

August

August

Over-the-Year

 

2022*

2021**

Change

Bloomington MSA

93,700

90,200

3,500

Carbondale-Marion MSA

56,600

54,500

2,100

Champaign-Urbana MSA

109,800

107,200

2,600

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,805,500

3,632,900

172,600

Danville MSA

26,300

25,600

700

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

186,600

179,100

7,500

Decatur MSA

48,700

48,100

600

Elgin Metro Division

253,300

245,400

7,900

Kankakee MSA

42,700

41,900

800

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

427,100

412,600

14,500

Peoria MSA

169,300

165,600

3,700

Rockford MSA

146,800

139,600

7,200

Springfield MSA

110,100

106,500

3,600

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

237,000

236,400

600

Illinois Statewide

6,078,300

5,845,200

233,100

*Preliminary | **Revised

 

 

 


Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

(percent) for Local Counties and Areas

Labor Market Area

Aug 2022

Aug 2021

Over the Year Change

 
 

Decatur MSA

 

 

 

 

Macon County

6.5 %

7.7 %

-1.2

 

Springfield MSA

 

 

 

 

Menard County

3.5 %

3.9 %

-0.4

 

Sangamon County

4.4 %

5.5 %

-1.1

 

Cities

 

 

 

 

Decatur City

7.6 %

9.2 %

-1.6

 

Rock Island City

4.5 %

5.8 %

-1.3

 

Springfield City

4.9 %

6.3 %

-1.4

 

Counties

 

 

 

 

Adams County

3.4 %

4.0 %

-0.6

 

Brown County

2.2 %

2.8 %

-0.6

 

Calhoun County

3.8 %

4.5 %

-0.7

 

Christian County

4.9 %

5.5 %

-0.6

 

De Witt County

4.0 %

4.7 %

-0.7

 

Greene County

3.9 %

5.0 %

-1.1

 

Hancock County

4.1 %

4.1 %

0.0

 

Jersey County

3.7 %

4.5 %

-0.8

 

Logan County

4.4 %

4.9 %

-0.5

 

McDonough County

5.0 %

5.4 %

-0.4

 

Macoupin County

3.8 %

4.6 %

-0.8

 

Montgomery County

4.7 %

5.4 %

-0.7

 

Morgan County

4.2 %

5.1 %

-0.9

 

Moultrie County

3.2 %

3.6 %

-0.4

 

Piatt County

3.6 %

4.5 %

-0.9

 

Pike County

4.0 %

4.1 %

-0.1

 

Schuyler County

3.5 %

3.9 %

-0.4

 

Scott County

3.8 %

4.8 %

-1.0

 

Shelby County

3.8 %

4.1 %

-0.3

 

Other Areas

 

 

 

 

LWIA 19

6.2 %

7.3 %

-1.1

 

LWIA 20

4.4 %

5.4 %

-1.0

 

LWIA 21

4.0 %

4.8 %

-0.8

 

Central EDR

4.7 %

5.7 %

-1.0

 


Central Illinois Highlights


Decatur MSA


The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in August 2022 , a decrease of -1.2 percentage points from August 2021. There were an estimated 3,103 unemployed people in the labor force in August 2022.


The number of total nonfarm jobs in the Decatur metro area increased by +600 compared to one year ago.


Employment increased in Manufacturing (+300), Educational and Health Services (+300), Construction and Mining (+200), and Leisure and Hospitality (+200).


Payrolls were unchanged in Retail Trade, Professional and Business Services, Information, Wholesale Trade, Financial Activities, Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, and Other Services.


August payrolls declined in Government (-400).


Springfield MSA


The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 4.3 percent in August 2022 from 5.4 percent in August 2021. There were an estimated 4,678 unemployed people in the labor force in August 2022.


The number of total nonfarm jobs in the Springfield metro area increased by +3,600 compared to one year ago.


Payrolls increased in Educational and Health Services (+1,800), Leisure and Hospitality (+900), Retail Trade (+300), Government (+200), Professional and Business Services (+200), Manufacturing (+200), Mining and Construction (+200), and Wholesale Trade (+100).


No payroll changes were reported in Other Services or Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities.


Decreased employment was reported in Financial Activities (-200) and Information (-100).



Note: Monthly 2021 unemployment rates and total nonfarm jobs for Illinois metro areas were revised in February and March 2022, as required by the U.S. BLS. Comments and tables distributed for prior metro area news releases should be discarded as any records or historical analysis previously cited may no longer be valid.