December unemployment ticks up to 11.1
State rate reflects national weakness in job
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[January 23, 2010]
CHICAGO -- The Illinois
seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December 2009 is 11.1
percent, up 0.2 percent from November 2009, according to figures
released Friday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
The three-month moving average also increased 0.2 percent to reach
11.0 percent. Slight increases and decreases in the unemployment
rate are to be expected in a national recession.
"The statewide unemployment rate reflects persistent weakness in
national job growth as our country wrestles toward economic
recovery," IDES Director Maureen O'Donnell said. "Given the depth of
this recession, consistent and sustained job creation must occur at
the national level before it can be expected in Illinois."
Illinois non-farm payroll reported 16,300 fewer jobs in December
than in November, the 23rd consecutive monthly loss. Compared with
November, employment reductions were reported in the construction
sector, down 7,700; trade and transportation, down 5,200; and
leisure and hospitality, down 2,600. The educational and health
services sector added 700 positions in December.
Nationally, the December unemployment rate was unchanged at 10.0
percent. The three-month moving average also was 10 percent.
Nationally, the total number of unemployed remained at 15.3 million.
The number of unemployed in Illinois was 733,300. Nationally,
non-farm payroll employment decreased 85,000 during December.
Declines were reported in construction, down 53,000; trade,
transportation and utilities, down 37,000; and manufacturing, down
27,000. Total national job loss since the onset of the recession in
December 2007 is 7.2 million; in Illinois it is 379,000.
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The unemployment rate is not the same measurement as those
collecting unemployment benefits. The unemployment rate identifies
those who are out of work and seeking employment, regardless if they
are eligible for unemployment insurance. Workers collecting benefits
are counted separately. Therefore, individuals who exhaust their
unemployment insurance or are ineligible would still be reflected in
the unemployment rate if they are seeking employment.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security administers
federally funded employment services and unemployment insurance
through its nearly 60 offices, including the Illinois workNet
Centers. The IDES also receives federal grants to provide and
analyze labor market statistics and information.
(See tables: Seasonally Adjusted
Unemployment Rates; Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-farm Jobs – by
Department of Employment Security
file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]