Private employers added +900 jobs in October, but government job
cuts meant -2,000 fewer payroll positions than in September.
Illinois employers still reported +39,400 more jobs than on year
ago. The labor force grew by +31,800 in October, increasing the
number of people working or looking for work to 6,531,100, the
highest level since November 2008. The number of unemployed was
429,000, down -324,500 since Jan. 2010.
“After months of strong growth, private-sector job growth slowed
somewhat, but it was a decline in government employment that led to
October’s decline in jobs,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “Private
employers have advertised for 200,000 openings each month and 85
percent of the positions seek full-time employment.”
October job growth was led by Education and Health Care (+4,600) and
Manufacturing (+900). These gains were offset by declines in
Government Services (-2,900), Information Services (-1,500) and
Financial Activities ( 1,400).
Employers added +296,800 private sector jobs since job creation
returned to Illinois in February 2010. Leading sectors are
Professional and Business Services (+125,000); Education and Health
Services (+66,700); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+52,200);
and Leisure and Hospitality (+35,700). Government remains the job
loss leader, shedding -24,900 positions during the same period.
Other economic indicators continue to show labor market improvement.
First-time jobless claims have been trending lower for the past four
years and in October the number of monthly claims was at its lowest
level since 1999. Numbers from the independent Conference Board’s
Help Wanted OnLine Index show that Illinois employers in October
advertised for nearly 212,000 jobs and 85 percent sought full-time
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To apply for these jobs, go to Illinoisjoblink.com, the
state’s help wanted internet job board managed by IDES.
Illinoisjoblink.com features Resume Builder and Resunate. Resume
Builder provides step-by-step instructions to create an
effective resume which is immediately matched to help wanted
ads. Resunate improves the resume before applying for the job.
Resunate is freely available to anyone when accessed from an
IllinoisJobLink.com account, regardless of employment status or
eligibility for unemployment insurance.
The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and
seeking employment. A person who exhausts benefits, or is
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. This
includes periods of economic expansion and contraction.
[Illinois Department of Employment
Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-farm Jobs – by Major Industry
Illinois monthly labor force, unemployed and unemployment rates for
years 2009-2013 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 sum-of-states
controls, Census population controls, seasonal factors, non-farm
jobs and unemployment insurance claims inputs. Data were also
smoothed to eliminate large monthly changes as a result of
volatility in the monthly household (CPS) survey. Comments and
tables distributed in prior Illinois unemployment rate news release
materials should be discarded because any analysis, including
records, previously cited might no longer be valid.
Seasonally adjusted employment data for subsectors within industries
are not available. For not seasonally adjusted jobs data with
greater industry detail, go to
“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.
Monthly seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Illinois and the
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan Division are available at: