September-October state unemployment report
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[November 26, 2013]
CHICAGO — Illinois added 15,400
jobs in October after gaining 10,300 jobs in September, and the
October unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent, according to
seasonally adjusted data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
September and October job growth represents the largest two-month
gain since May of 2010.
"Today's milestone is encouraging. It highlights the progress that
has been made and underscores that there is much more to do," said
IDES Director Jay Rowell. "Job growth in manufacturing and retail
trade is encouraging. Manufacturing number shows continued growth in
Illinois, and retail trade growth anticipates shoppers willing to
spend, with the potential for additional hires in November."
September and October reports are combined in Illinois and elsewhere
as a result of the temporary federal government shutdown, which
delayed the collection of data at the state and federal level.
Illinois has added 268,900 private sector jobs since January
2010, when job growth returned following nearly two years of
consecutive monthly declines. Leading growth sectors are
professional and business services, up 117,700; education and health
services, up 57,700; and trade, transportation and utilities, up
51,600. Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down
Since January 2010, Illinois has recorded job growth in 34 months
and loss in 12 months, when comparing each month with the previous
one. The unemployment rate fell in 26 months, increased in nine and
was unchanged in 11.
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The unemployment rate's three-month moving average, which smoothes
monthly volatility, was unchanged at 9.1 percent in October. The
number of unemployed individuals fell in October for the third
consecutive month, down 12,600, or 2.1 percent, to 579,400. Total
unemployment has fallen 172,800, or 23.0 percent, since early 2010,
when the state unemployment rate peaked at 11.3 percent for the
months of January and February.
The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and
seeking employment. People who exhaust their benefits, or are
ineligible, still will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they
actively seek work. Historically, the national unemployment rate is
lower than the state rate. The state rate has been lower than the
national rate only six times since January 2000.
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