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Illinois March unemployment tops 9 percent

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[April 17, 2009]  CHICAGO -- The Illinois seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March is 9.1 percent, the highest level since November 1985, according to data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The March rate is 0.5 percent higher than February and the sixth consecutive month to record an increase.

DonutsTotal nonfarm payroll declined by 39,300 jobs in March 2009, the second-largest over-the-month decrease on record (back to 1990). In March, the number of unemployed people in Illinois increased to 596,000 (up 27,400), the highest level reported since September 1983.

"As the recession continues, so do our efforts to improve customer service and to inform people about programs that assess an individual's work skills so they can better prepare themselves when the economy turns around," IDES Director Maureen O'Donnell said. "We encourage workers to take advantage of this time by learning new skills and positioning themselves for better opportunities as this economy improves."

Nationally, the total number of unemployed grew to 13.2 million in March. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 8.5 percent, its highest level in 25 years. National payroll employment declined for the 15th consecutive month, dropping by 663,000 jobs and bringing total national job losses to 5.1 million since the recession began in December 2007.

In Illinois, the manufacturing sector lost 14,200 jobs in March, its third-largest over-the-month reduction since January 1992. In the last year, this sector has dropped by 60,800 jobs, more than 9 percent of its total work force. The professional and business services sector reported 13,200 fewer workers, the second-largest decrease on record and its third decline in excess of 10,000 in the last five months.

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The IDES administers federally funded employment services and unemployment insurance programs through its nearly 60 offices, including the Illinois workNet Centers. IDES also receives federal grants to provide and analyze labor market statistics and information.

(See tables below with seasonally adjusted unemployment rates.)

[Text from Illinois Department of Employment Security file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]


Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

 

March
2009

February
2009

March
2008

Illinois

9.1%

8.6%*

6.0%*

U.S.

8.5%

8.1%

5.1%

*  Revised

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-Farm Jobs by Major Industry

Industry Title

March*
2009

February**
2009

March**
2008

Over the Month Change

Over the Year
Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Non-Farm     

5,744,300

5,783,600

5,976,600

-39,300

-232,300

Mining

10,100

10,200

9,900

-100

200

Construction     

233,200

235,400

263,200

-2,200

-30,000

Manufacturing    

602,400

616,600

666,500

-14,200

-64,100

Trade, Transportation, & Utilities

1,170,400

1,177,200

1,213,100

-6,800

-42,700

Information      

111,300

111,400

116,100

-100

-4,800

Financial Activities

380,600

384,200

395,700

-3,600

-15,100

Professional and Business Services

803,000

816,200

870,900

-13,200

-67,900

Educational and Health Services

803,100

803,900

791,700

-800

11,400

Leisure and Hospitality

514,600

514,000

533,300

600

-18,700

Other Services   

261,700

260,700

262,800

1,000

-1,100

Government        

853,900

853,800

853,400

100

500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Preliminary      **Revised

Notes:

  • Seasonally-adjusted employment data for subsectors within industries are not available.

  • "Other Services" includes a wide range of activities in three broad categories: Personal and laundry; repair and maintenance; and religious, grant making, civic and professional organizations. For a list of all activities under Other Services and all other industry sectors, go to http://www.census.gov/epcd/naics02/naico602.htm.

  • For not-seasonally-adjusted jobs data showing greater industry detail, go to http://lmi.ides.state.il.us/cesfiles/cescurrent.htm.

  • Monthly seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Illinois and the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan Division are available at http://lmi.ides.state.il.us/laus/icmaur.htm.

  • Illinois monthly labor force, unemployed and unemployment rates for years 2004-2008 have been revised as required by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  In February of each year, monthly labor force data for all states are revised to reflect updated Census population controls, seasonal factors and state supplied non-farm jobs and UI claims inputs.  The revised monthly data are also smoothed to eliminate large changes as a result of volatility in the monthly household (CPS) survey. Comments and tables distributed for prior monthly Illinois unemployment rate news releases should be discarded. Any records and other historical analysis previously cited for Illinois labor force, number of unemployed and unemployment rates may no longer be valid under the revised monthly time series.

[Tables copied from Illinois Department of Employment Security file]

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