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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

 
 

St. Louis (IL-Section)

5.7 %

8.3 %

-2.6

 

Bond County

5.1 %

7.0 %

-1.9

 

Calhoun County

4.8 %

6.7 %

-1.9

 

Clinton County

3.8 %

5.3 %

-1.5

 

Jersey County

4.8 %

7.0 %

-2.2

 

Macoupin County

4.9 %

6.7 %

-1.8

 

Madison County

5.6 %

8.1 %

-2.5

 

Monroe County

3.7 %

5.3 %

-1.6

 

St. Clair County

6.8 %

9.9 %

-3.1

 

Cities

 

 

 

 

Alton City

8.5 %

11.8 %

-3.3

 

Belleville City

7.3 %

11.1 %

-3.8

 

Collinsville City

6.2 %

9.2 %

-3.0

 

East St. Louis City

12.9 %

17.3 %

-4.4

 

Edwardsville City

4.0 %

5.7 %

-1.7

 

Granite City

6.9 %

10.3 %

-3.4

 

O'Fallon City

5.2 %

8.0 %

-2.8

 

Counties

 

 

 

 

Greene County

5.4 %

6.7 %

-1.3

 

Randolph County

4.9 %

6.5 %

-1.6

 

Washington County

2.9 %

3.9 %

-1.0

 

Other Areas

 

 

 

 

LWIA 21

5.1 %

7.0 %

-1.9

 

LWIA 22

5.5 %

7.9 %

-2.4

 

LWIA 24

5.8 %

8.4 %

-2.6

 

Southwestern EDR

5.7 %

8.2 %

-2.5

 


Metro East Highlights

The August 2021 unemployment rate for the Illinois Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area was 5.7 percent.  The over-the-year rate decreased -2.6 percentage points from the August 2020 rate of 8.3 percent. The data is not seasonally adjusted.

The labor force decreased by -10,381 in August 2021 to 335,453 from 345,834 in August 2020. The number of employed individuals decreased by -975 to 316,201 in August 2021 from 317,176 in August 2020. In August 2021, there were 19,252 unemployed people in the labor force. This is a decrease of -9,406 compared to the 28,658 unemployed in August 2020.

The number of total nonfarm jobs was 230,700 compared to August 2020, which is an increase of +900.

Payrolls increased in Government (+700), Educational and Health Services (+700), Leisure and Hospitality (+700), Other Services (+400), and Professional and Business Services (+100). 

Employment declined in Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities (-700), Retail Trade (-400), Mining and Construction (-200), Financial Activities (-200), Information (-100), and Manufacturing (-100).
 
No change was reported in Wholesale Trade. 


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.

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