Unemployment rates drop in Illinois metro areas

For the 18th month in a row, unemployment rates in every metro area in Illinois have fallen in August.


Unemployment rates drop in Illinois metro areas.  

For the 18th month in a row, unemployment rates in every metro area in Illinois have fallen in August.

This is according to preliminary numbers released late last week by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The statistics indicated some job growth, although job losses were posted in six metro areas. In eight metro areas, businesses added jobs.

The largest employment increases in August were seen in Carbondale-Marion (1.7 percent), Danville (1.7 percent), Champaign-Urbana (1.3 percent), Elgin (1.3 percent) and Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division (1 percent).

Decreases were seen in Quad Cities (2.3 percent), Kankakee (1.6 percent) and Peoria (1.4 percent).

Industry sectors that posted job growth in the majority of metros were transportation, warehousing and public utilities, retail trade, wholesale trade and leisure and hospitality.

“Typically, when the unemployment rate goes down, the number of people getting jobs goes up," IDES Director Jeff Mays said. "But since that is not the case in many of Illinois’ metro areas; focusing only on the decline in unemployment rates does not tell the whole story.”

Mays said since many people have dropped out of the labor force, job growth also needs to increase across all metro areas.

Unemployment rates have fallen in 101 of Illinois’ 102 counties as of August.

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