Unemployment Rates Down for the Eighth Consecutive Month, Jobs Up in All Metro Areas

SPRINGFIELD – The unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in November for the eighth consecutive 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 fourteen metropolitan areas.

“November’s continued positive growth is another encouraging sign for our strengthening economy,” said Deputy Governor Andy Manar. “As we look towards the new year, Illinois is committed to building on this momentum, to ensure workers and businesses continue to thrive across the state.”

Over-the-year, total nonfarm jobs increased in all fourteen metropolitan areas. The metro areas which had the largest over-the-year percentage increases in total nonfarm jobs were the Carbondale-Marion MSA (+4.6%, +2,600), the Chicago-Metropolitan Division (+4.0%, +141,000),  the Champaign-Urbana MSA (+3.8%, +4,400) and the Kankakee MSA (+3.8%, +1,600). The industries that saw job growth in a majority of metro areas included: Leisure & Hospitality (fourteen areas); Other Services and Government (twelve areas each); Wholesale Trade and Transportation, Warehousing & Public Utilities (eleven areas each); Professional & Business Services (ten areas); Mining and Construction (nine areas); Manufacturing and Education & Health Services (eight areas each).

The metro areas with the largest unemployment rate decreases were the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metropolitan Division (-4.1 points to 4.8%), Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division (-2.1 points to 3.5%), the Decatur MSA (-2.0 points to 6.1%) and the Elgin Metropolitan Division (-2.0 points to 4.3%).  The unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in all 102 counties.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area

November 2021*

November 2020**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

3.4%

4.8%

-1.4

Carbondale-Marion

4.0%

5.4%

-1.4

Champaign-Urbana

3.3%

4.7%

-1.4

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

4.8%

8.9%

-4.1

Danville

4.9%

6.4%

-1.5

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

3.7%

5.3%

-1.6

Decatur

6.1%

8.1%

-2.0

Elgin

4.3%

6.3%

-2.0

Kankakee

5.0%

6.6%

-1.6

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

3.5%

5.6%

-2.1

Peoria

4.6%

6.3%

-1.7

Rockford

6.5%

7.4%

-0.9

Springfield

4.2%

6.1%

-1.9

St. Louis (IL-Section)

3.8%

5.3%

-1.5

Illinois Statewide

4.5%

7.6%

-3.1

* Preliminary  I  ** Revised

 

 

 

Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – November 2021

Metropolitan Area

November

November

Over-the-Year

 

2021*

2020**

Change

Bloomington MSA

89,600

88,500

1,100

Carbondale-Marion MSA

59,300

56,700

2,600

Champaign-Urbana MSA

121,100

116,700

4,400

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,648,200

3,507,200

141,000

Danville MSA

26,900

26,300

600

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

178,800

176,500

2,300

Decatur MSA

48,500

47,000

1,500

Elgin Metro Division

249,400

241,100

8,300

Kankakee MSA

44,100

42,500

1,600

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

410,400

401,200

9,200

Peoria MSA

164,600

162,100

2,500

Rockford MSA

143,300

139,300

4,000

Springfield MSA

104,200

102,800

1,400

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

234,400

231,500

2,900

Illinois Statewide

5,938,900

5,704,500

234,400

*Preliminary | **Revised

 

 

 

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

Labor Market Area

Nov 2021

Nov 2020

Over the Year Change

 

 
   

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL MSA

   

Henry County

3.6 %

5.1 %

-1.5

   

Mercer County

3.3 %

4.8 %

-1.5

   

Rock Island County

4.0 %

5.9 %

-1.9

   

Cities

 

 

 

   

Galesburg City

5.7 %

7.4 %

-1.7

   

Moline City

3.7 %

6.1 %

-2.4

   

Rock Island City

4.3 %

6.3 %

-2.0

   

Counties

 

 

 

   

Bureau County

3.7 %

5.1 %

-1.4

   

Fulton County

4.3 %

5.5 %

-1.2

   

Henderson County

2.9 %

3.6 %

-0.7

   

Knox County

5.1 %

6.4 %

-1.3

   

Stark County

4.4 %

5.3 %

-0.9

   

Warren County

3.2 %

4.8 %

-1.6

   

Whiteside County

3.5 %

5.1 %

-1.6

   

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL MSA

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 3.7 percent in November 2021 from 5.3 percent in November 2020. The last time the November rate was equal to or lower was in 2019 when it was 3.7 percent. 

Total nonfarm employment increased +2,300 compared to November 2020. 

The Manufacturing  (-2,200), Information  (-100), and Financial Activities (-100) sectors recorded employment declines compared to one year ago. The Government (+1,600), Construction (+1,300), Leisure-Hospitality (+800), and Transportation-Warehousing-Utilities (+400) sectors reported the largest payroll gains.

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.

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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