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Unemployment Rates Down for the Fifth Straight Month, Jobs Up in Most Metro Areas

Press Release - Thursday, September 23, 2021

SPRINGFIELD - The unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in August  for the fifth straight month according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Jobs were up in all metro areas, with the exception of the Bloomington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

"As reopening and recovery efforts continue to impact metro areas across the state, IDES is committed to continuing to assist both claimants and jobseekers who are still looking to reenter the workforce," said Deputy Governor Andy Manar. "Claimants are encouraged to utilize IllinoisJobLink.com to search for work opportunities and take advantage of assistance the Department can provide with workforce development, including job trainings and resume building."

Over-the-year, total nonfarm jobs increased in thirteen metropolitan areas and decreased in one (Bloomington MSA,-0.6%, -500). The metro areas which had the largest over-the-year percentage increases in total nonfarm jobs were the Springfield MSA (+3.5%, +3,600); the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL MSA (+3.1%, +5,400), the Chicago Metro Division (+2.9%, +102,200) and the Peoria MSA (+2.9%, +4,700). The industries that saw job growth in a majority of metro areas included: Leisure and Hospitality (fourteen areas); Transportation, Warehousing and Public Utilities (eleven areas); Other Services and Government (ten areas each); Manufacturing and Educational and Health Services (nine areas each).

Over-the-year, the unemployment rate decreased in all 14 metropolitan areas; the metro areas with the largest unemployment rate decreases were the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metropolitan Division (-5.5 points to 7.5%), the Elgin Metropolitan Division (-3.2 points to 6.1%) and the Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division (-2.7 points to 5.3%). The unemployment rate also decreased over-the-year in all 102 counties for the fifth consecutive month.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area

August 2021*

August 2020**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

5.2%

6.8%

-1.6

Carbondale-Marion

6.0%

8.3%

-2.3

Champaign-Urbana

5.6%

7.0%

-1.4

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

7.5%

13.0%

-5.5

Danville

7.1%

8.9%

-1.8

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

5.1%

7.5%

-2.4

Decatur

8.2%

10.6%

-2.4

Elgin

6.1%

9.3%

-3.2

Kankakee

6.7%

9.0%

-2.3

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

5.3%

8.0%

-2.7

Peoria

6.3%

8.9%

-2.6

Rockford

8.3%

10.9%

-2.6

Springfield

5.8%

8.4%

-2.6

St. Louis (IL-Section)

5.7%

8.3%

-2.6

Illinois Statewide

6.8%

11.0%

-4.2

* Preliminary  I  ** Revised

 

 

 













Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) -August 2021

 

August

August

Over-the-Year

Metropolitan Area

2021*

2020**

Change

Bloomington MSA

86,500

87,000

-500

Carbondale-Marion MSA

55,200

53,700

1,500

Champaign-Urbana MSA

108,700

105,700

3,000

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,587,500

3,485,300

102,200

Danville MSA

26,200

25,600

600

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

177,400

172,000

5,400

Decatur MSA

48,200

47,200

1,000

Elgin Metro Division

240,500

236,900

3,600

Kankakee MSA

43,000

42,400

600

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

408,600

397,300

11,300

Peoria MSA

165,400

160,700

4,700

Rockford MSA

140,400

138,400

2,000

Springfield MSA

105,200

101,600

3,600

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

230,700

229,800

900

Illinois Statewide

5,817,300

5,652,400

164,900

*Preliminary | **Revised

 

 

 


Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
(percent) for Local Counties and Areas

Labor Market Area

Aug 2021

Aug 2020

Over the Year Change

 

 
  

Champaign-Urbana MSA

 

 

  

Champaign County

5.7 %

7.2 %

-1.5

  

Ford County

5.1 %

6.3 %

-1.2

  

Piatt County

4.8 %

5.5 %

-0.7

  

Danville MSA

 

 

 

  

Vermilion

7.1 %

8.9 %

-1.8

  

Cities

 

 

 

  

Champaign City

5.8 %

7.4 %

-1.6

  

Urbana City

5.9 %

7.7 %

-1.8

  

Danville City

8.8 %

11.6 %

-2.8

  

Counties

 

 

 

  

Clark County

5.0 %

6.9 %

-1.9

  

Coles County

5.7 %

8.3 %

-2.6

  

Cook County

8.2 %

14.2 %

-6.0

  

De Witt County

5.1 %

6.7 %

-1.6

  

Douglas County

4.4 %

5.8 %

-1.4

  

Edgar County

4.6 %

6.0 %

-1.4

  

Iroquois County

4.8 %

5.8 %

-1.0

  

McLean County

5.3 %

6.9 %

-1.6

  

Macon County

8.2 %

10.6 %

-2.4

  

Moultrie County

3.8 %

5.3 %

-1.5

  

Sangamon County

5.9 %

8.5 %

-2.6

  

Shelby County

4.4 %

6.4 %

-2.0

  

Other Areas

 

 

 

  

LWIA 17

5.4 %

6.8 %

-1.4

  

LWIA 18

7.1 %

8.9 %

-1.8

  

East Central EDR

5.7 %

7.2 %

-1.5

  


East Central Illinois Highlights

Champaign-Urbana MSA

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 5.6 percent in August 2021 from 7.0 percent in August 2020. The last time the August rate was equal to or lower  was in 2019 when it was 3.6 percent. 

Nonfarm employment increased by +3,000 compared to last August. 

The Retail Trade  (-400) and Construction (-100) sectors recorded employment declines compared to one year ago. The Government  (+1,500), Leisure-Hospitality (+800), and Educational-Health Services (+600) sectors reported the largest payroll gains.

Danville MSA

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.1 percent in August 2021 from 8.9 percent in August 2020. The last time the August rate was equal to or lower  was in 2019 when it was 5.2 percent.
 
Nonfarm employment increased by +600 compared to last August. 

The Retail Trade  (-100) and Manufacturing (-100) sectors recorded employment declines compared to one year ago. The Wholesale Trade (+200), Leisure-Hospitality (+200), and Professional-Business Services (+200) sectors reported the largest payroll gains.


Note:  Monthly 2020 unemployment rates and total nonfarm jobs for Illinois metro areas were revised in February and March 2021, 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. The official monthly unemployment rate series for metro areas, counties and most cities begins in 1990. The official monthly nonfarm jobs series for metro areas begins in 1990 and for non-metropolitan counties it begins in 1999.

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