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Tough national economy continues to increase Illinois jobless rate

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[April 24, 2009]  CHICAGO -- Unemployment rates in all 12 Illinois metro areas were above previous-year levels in March, according to data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The metro areas that reported the largest unemployment rate increases were Rockford, up 5.1 points to 13.5 percent; Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, up 3.7 points to 9.3 percent; Kankakee-Bradley, up 3.7 points to 11.9 percent; Danville, up 3.6 points to 10.9 percent; and Peoria, up 3.6 points to 8.9 percent. Eleven metropolitan areas reported their highest March unemployment rates in more than 20 years.

Over the year, the total number of payroll jobs decreased in 10 metro areas and increased in two. The largest percentage declines in total payroll jobs were reported in Kankakee-Bradley, down by 4.0 percent and 1,800 jobs; Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, down 3.7 percent and 142,700 jobs; and Rockford, down 2.7 percent and 4,200 jobs.

Eight metro areas reported job growth in educational and health services over the year. However, 10 metro areas reported job decreases in manufacturing and nine in professional and business services.

(See unemployment tables below for details.)

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"The length of this national recession has activated the extended benefit program that provides 13 additional weeks of unemployment insurance for workers who have been without a job for more than one year," said IDES Director Maureen O'Donnell. "Investments that create jobs, such as the Illinois Jobs Now! program pursued by the governor, are critical to growing local economies throughout the state."

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


Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area

Mar.
2009*

Mar.
2008

Bloomington-Normal

6.3%

4.6%

Champaign-Urbana

6.9%

4.9%

Chicago-Naperville-Joliet

9.3%

5.6%

Danville

10.9%

7.3%

Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl.

7.4%

5.0%

Decatur

9.8%

6.5%

Kankakee-Bradley

11.9%

8.2%

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

9.7%

6.3%

Peoria

8.9%

5.3%

Rockford

13.5%

8.4%

Springfield

6.8%

5.3%

St. Louis (IL-Section)

9.5%

6.8%

* Data subject to revision.

 

 

Total Non-Farm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) March 2009

Metropolitan Area

March
2009*

March
2008**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington-Normal MSA

91,400

91,000

400

Champaign-Urbana MSA

116,000

113,800

2,200

Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metro Div.

3,673,900

3,816,600

-142,700

Danville MSA

30,100

30,600

-500

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

187,000

187,900

-900

Decatur MSA

53,400

54,500

-1,100

Kankakee-Bradley MSA

42,700

44,500

-1,800

Lake County-Kenosha County Metro Div.

383,800

392,700

-8,900

Peoria MSA

187,300

187,400

-100

Rockford MSA

154,000

158,200

-4,200

Springfield MSA

110,100

110,800

-700

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

239,200

241,300

-2,100

 

                *Preliminary    **Revised

[Tables copied from Illinois Department of Employment Security file]

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