New Job Stats Say Illinois' Unemployment Rate Fell More in Some Parts of the State Than Others

Higher Job Creation in the Collar Counties Than in Illinois as a Whole


For the 16th month in a row,
in June in all metro areas, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

All 102 counties also had fewer unemployed workers compared to a year ago. IDES announced on July 16 that the state lost 7,500 jobs last month, though the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate dropped 0.1 percentage points to 5.9 percent. May's job gains were revised from 9,200 to 7,400.

The most notable part of June's metro and local unemployment report is the disparity in job growth throughout the state.

"In looking at the metro data, collar counties gained more net jobs than the total statewide gain. Given the statewide gain of 44,500 jobs total, the rest of the state had a net loss," IDES Director Jeff Mays said. "The need for a full statewide recovery remains."

The metro and local jobless data is not seasonally adjusted and compares June 2015 to June 2014, which removes seasonal or regular patterns that otherwise affect unemployment rates. Additionally, people who have dropped out of the workforce are not reflected in these statistics.

Metro areas with largest job gains

  1. Elgin (+1.9 percent / 4,900)
  2. Danville (+1.7 percent / 500)
  3. Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights (+1.3 percent / 47,900)

Metro areas with largest job losses

  1. Carbondale-Marion (-2.2 percent / -1,200)
  2. Peoria (-1.3 percent / -2,400)
  3. Decatur (-1.0 percent / -500)

To see a list of the eight Metro areas where employers added jobs, as well as a complete list of counties with the highest and lowest unemployment rates in Illinois, check out Reboot Illinois.

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