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Unemployment rates down in all 14 metro areas, jobs up in most areas in July

The unemployment rate decreased in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in July according to preliminary data released on Aug. 25, 2022, by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Jobs were up in all metro areas except one.

“Today’s data is an indication that economic recovery is taking place throughout the state,” said Deputy Governor Andy Manar. “As unemployment rates continue to decline and jobs increase, IDES is committed to providing training and employment services with its local partners to connect workers and employers together in the Illinois workforce.”

The metro areas which had the largest over-the-year percentage increases in total nonfarm jobs were the Rockford MSA (+5.5 percent, +7,600), the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL MSA (+4.8 percent, +8,600), and the Chicago Metropolitan Division (+4.8 percent, +173,600). Total nonfarm jobs were down in the Illinois section of the St. Louis MSA (-0.2 percent, -500). Industries that saw job growth in a majority of metro areas included: Manufacturing and Leisure & Hospitality (fourteen areas); Mining & Construction and Professional & Business Services (eleven areas each); Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities (ten areas); Retail Trade, Education & Health Services, and Other Services (nine areas each); Wholesale Trade and Government (eight areas each).

The metro areas with the largest unemployment rate decreases were the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metropolitan Division (-2.4 points to 4.9 percent), the Rockford MSA (-2.3 points to 6.5 percent), and the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL MSA (-1.5 points to 3.8 percent). The over-the-year unemployment rate decreased in 99 counties, increased in 2 counties, and remained unchanged in 1 county.

South Central Illinois Highlights

Mattoon – Charleston Area

July 2022 total nonfarm employment increased by +25 compared to one year ago.

Employment gains were posted in Financial Activities (+125), Government (+100), Information (+75), Leisure and Hospitality (+50), and Other Services (+50).

Payrolls decreased in Professional and Business Services (-150), Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (-100), Educational and Health Services (-75), and Manufacturing (-25). No employment change was reported in Natural Resources and Mining or Construction.

Effingham Area

Total nonfarm employment in July 2022 increased by +575 compared to last year.

Employment gains were posted in Construction (+200), Government (+125), Manufacturing (+125), Educational and Health Services (+100), Professional and Business Services (+100), Leisure and Hospitality (+25), Natural Resources and Mining (+25), and Financial Activities (+25).

Employment declined in Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-100), and Information (-25).

No change was reported in Other Services.

Centralia – Mt. Vernon Area

July 2022 total nonfarm employment increased by +200 since July 2021.

Employment increased in Government (+150), Professional and Business Services (+100), Other Services (+50), and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+25).

Payrolls decreased in Educational and Health Services (-75), Financial Activities (-25), and Construction (-25).

No employment changes were reported in Manufacturing, Natural Resources and Mining, Leisure and Hospitality, and Information.

Note: Monthly 2021 unemployment rates and total nonfarm jobs for Illinois metro areas were revised in February and March 2022, as required by the U.S. BLS. Comments and tables distributed for prior metro area news releases should be discarded as any records or historical analysis previously cited may no longer be valid.

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