For the fourth straight month, the unemployment rate decreased over the year in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in September according to preliminary data released on Oct. 27, 2022, by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Jobs increased in all metros.
“Illinois continues to see steady job growth throughout the state,” said Deputy Governor Andy Manar. “As unemployment insurance claims remain at record lows, the state labor market is ripe with opportunity for every type of jobseeker.”
The metro areas which had the largest over-the-year percentage increases in total nonfarm jobs were the Chicago Metro (+4.7 percent, +169,900), the Rockford MSA (+4.4 percent, +6,100), the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL MSA (+3.9 percent, +7,000) and the Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division (+3.9 percent +16,000). Industries that saw job growth in a majority of metro areas included: Mining and Construction and Manufacturing (fourteen areas each); Leisure and Hospitality (thirteen areas); Other Services (twelve areas); Wholesale Trade (eleven areas); Professional and Business Services, Education and Health Services, and Government (ten areas each); and Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (eight areas).
The metro areas with the largest unemployment rate decreases were the Rockford MSA (-1.8 points to 5.9 percent) and the Decatur MSA (-1.3 points to 5.7 percent). The unemployment rate decreased over the year in 92 counties, increased in 5, and was unchanged in 5.
South Central Illinois Highlights
Mattoon – Charleston Area
September 2022 total nonfarm employment increased by +475 compared to one year ago.
Employment gains were posted in Government (+175), Financial Activities (+125), Professional and Business Services (+125), Leisure and Hospitality (+100), Construction (+75), Information (+50), and Natural Resources and Mining (+25).
Payrolls decreased in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (-150). No change in employment was reported in Manufacturing, Educational and Health Services or Other Services.
Total nonfarm employment in September 2022 increased by +275 compared to last year.
Employment gains were posted in Government (+100), Educational and Health Services (+100), Construction (+75), Leisure and Hospitality (+50), Professional and Business Services (+25), and Natural Resources and Mining (+25).
Employment declined in Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-50), and Manufacturing (-50).
No change was reported in Information, Other Services, or Financial Activities.
Centralia – Mt. Vernon Area
September 2022 total nonfarm employment increased by +500 since September 2021.
Employment increased in Government (+275), Manufacturing (+100), Leisure and Hospitality (+75), Professional and Business Services (+50), Other Services (+50), Construction (+50) and Information (+25).
Payrolls decreased in Financial Activities (-50), Educational and Health Services (-25) and Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-25).
No employment change was reported in Natural Resources and Mining.
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.