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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

 
 

Mattoon-Charleston Area

 

 

 

 

Clark County

5.0 %

6.9 %

-1.9

 

Coles County

5.7 %

8.3 %

-2.6

 

Cumberland County

4.2 %

5.5 %

-1.3

 

Douglas County

4.4 %

5.8 %

-1.4

 

Edgar County

4.6 %

6.0 %

-1.4

 

Moultrie County

3.8 %

5.3 %

-1.5

 

Shelby County

4.4 %

6.4 %

-2.0

 

Effingham Area

 

 

 

 

Clay County

5.9 %

7.8 %

-1.9

 

Crawford County

5.3 %

6.8 %

-1.5

 

Effingham County

4.3 %

6.5 %

-2.2

 

Fayette County

5.4 %

7.7 %

-2.3

 

Jasper County

4.7 %

5.6 %

-0.9

 

Centralia - Mt. Vernon Area

 

 

 

 

Clinton County

3.8 %

5.3 %

-1.5

 

Hamilton County

5.1 %

5.4 %

-0.3

 

Jefferson County

6.9 %

8.9 %

-2.0

 

Marion County

6.5 %

8.2 %

-1.7

 

Washington County

2.9 %

3.9 %

-1.0

 

Wayne County

5.7 %

7.2 %

-1.5

 

Other Areas

 

 

 

 

LWIA 21

5.1 %

7.0 %

-1.9

 

LWIA 23

5.2 %

7.1 %

-1.9

 

LWIA 24

5.8 %

8.4 %

-2.6

 

LWIA 25

6.4 %

8.6 %

-2.2

 

LWIA 26

6.2 %

8.0 %

-1.8

 

Southeastern EDR

5.2 %

7.1 %

-1.9

 

South Central Illinois Highlights

Mattoon - Charleston Area

August 2021 total nonfarm employment increased by +575 compared to one year ago.

Employment gains were posted in Government (+175), Construction (+125), Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+75), Leisure and Hospitality (+75), Financial Activities (+75), Educational and Health Services (+75), Manufacturing (+50), Natural Resources and Mining (+25), and Other Services (+25).
 
Payrolls decreased in Professional and Business Services (-100).  No employment change was reported in Information.

Effingham Area

Total nonfarm employment in August 2021 increased by +1,525 compared to last year.

Employment gains were posted in Leisure and Hospitality (+450), Educational and Health Services (+325), Government (+275), Construction (+150), Other Services (+75), Information (+75), Financial Activities (+50), Manufacturing (+50), Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+25), Professional and Business Services (+25), and Natural Resources and Mining (+25). 

Centralia - Mt. Vernon Area

August total nonfarm employment increased by +200 since August 2020.
 
Employment increased in Manufacturing (+150), Professional and Business Services (+150), Other Services (+75), Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+25), Construction (+25), and Leisure and Hospitality (+25).

Payrolls decreased in Government (-200), Educational and Health Services (-50), Financial Activities (-25), and Information (-25).  No payroll changes were reported in Natural Resources and Mining. 


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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