"So far this year, Illinois has added more than 37,000 jobs and
reported declining or steady unemployment rates for eight
consecutive months," IDES Director Maureen O'Donnell said. "This
encouraging long-term trend might not yet be felt at the
neighborhood level for many people. Continuing to create jobs,
retrain workers and encourage investment offers the best plan to
break free from this stubborn national recession."
job growth remained almost unchanged in August -- down 200. Declines
in government-related jobs and census positions combined to lower
the Illinois nonfarm payroll by 4,200. Slight up-and-down movement
in monthly job numbers and unemployment rates is to be expected
during a prolonged national recession.
Through June of this year, Illinois added jobs for six
consecutive months for the first time since April 2006. Prior to
this six-month trend, Illinois reported job losses for 20
consecutive months, dating to April 2008.
So far this year, Illinois outpaces the nation in adding
manufacturing jobs, with 1.8 percent for the state, compared with
1.3 nationally. Illinois has added 37,600 private-sector jobs so far
this year. Job sectors leading this growth trend are professional
and business services, up 19,000; manufacturing, up 10,200; leisure
and hospitality, up 7,200; and educational and health services, up
In August, the national unemployment rate went up 0.1 point to
9.6 percent. The nation's payroll employment declined by 54,000
positions. As in Illinois, the expiration of 14,000 temporary census
positions outpaced the 67,000 jobs added in the private sector.
So far this year, the Illinois economy has grown 0.7 percent, the
national economy 0.6 percent.
The three-month moving average of Illinois unemployment is down
0.2 point to 10.3 percent in August, the fourth consecutive monthly
decline following 41 consecutive monthly increases. Nationally, the
three-month moving average declined 0.1 point to 9.5 percent.
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The unemployment rate is not the same measure as those collecting
unemployment benefits. The rate identifies those who are out of work
and seeking employment. Unemployed workers collecting benefits are
counted separately. Individuals who exhaust unemployment insurance
benefits or are ineligible still will be reflected in the
unemployment rate if they actively seek work.
The IDES administers federally funded employment services and
unemployment insurance through its nearly 60 offices, including the
Illinois workNet Centers. It also receives federal grants to provide
and analyze labor market statistics and information. The IDES
supports economic stability by administering unemployment benefits,
collecting business contributions to fund those benefits, connecting
employers with qualified job-seekers and providing economic
information to assist career planning and economic development.
(See tables: "Seasonally Adjusted
Unemployment Rates" and "Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Nonfarm Jobs –
by Major Industry")
Department of Employment Security
file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]