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Jobs up in all 14 metro areas in November

Jobs increased over the year in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas in November according to preliminary data released on Dec. 22, 2022, by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The unemployment rate increased in five metropolitan areas, decreased in four and was unchanged in five.

“Significant job growth has remained consistent throughout all corners of the state for nearly two years,” said Deputy Governor Andy Manar. “As job expansion continues and more people enter the labor force to capitalize on newly created job opportunities, IDES stands ready to provide resources that will help match employers and job seekers.”

The metro areas which had the largest over-the-year percentage increases in total nonfarm jobs were the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL MSA (+6.4 percent, +11,400), the Rockford MSA (+3.9 percent, +5,600), and the Chicago Metropolitan Division (+3.6 percent, +134,200). Industries that saw job growth in a majority of metro areas included: Manufacturing (fourteen areas); Mining and Construction, Leisure and Hospitality and Other Services (thirteen areas each); Education and Health Services (twelve areas); Wholesale Trade (ten areas); Government (nine areas); Retail Trade and Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (eight areas each).

The metro areas with the largest unemployment rate increases were the Kankakee MSA (+0.3 point to 5.4 percent), the Bloomington MSA (+0.2 point to 3.4 percent), the Champaign-Urbana MSA (+0.2 point to 3.6 percent) and the Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metro Division (+0.2 point to 3.8 percent). The largest unemployment rate decreases were in the Rockford MSA (-0.7 point to 5.8 percent), the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL MSA (-0.3 point to 3.7 percent), and the Decatur MSA (-0.3 point to 5.7 percent). The Chicago Metro Division unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.5 percent. The unemployment rate increased over the year in 83 counties, decreased in 14, and was unchanged in 5.

Southern Illinois Highlights

Carbondale – Marion Area

The November 2022 unemployment rate was 4.0 percent. There was no change from the November 2021 rate. Total nonfarm employment in November 2022 increased by +600 compared to last November.

Employment increased in Government (+300).

Surrounding Counties

Total nonfarm employment increased by +500 compared to November 2021.

Employment gains were posted in Leisure and Hospitality (+200), Educational and Health Services (+200), Government (+175), Construction (+50), Other Services (+25), Financial Activities (+25), and Information (+25).

November payrolls declined in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (-75), Professional and Business Services (-50) and Natural Resources and Mining (-25). No change was reported in Manufacturing.

Harrisburg Area

Total nonfarm employment increased by +175 compared to November 2021.

Employment gains were posted in Government (+150), Educational and Health Services.(+75), Information (+50), Financial Activities (+25), Natural Resources and Mining (+25) and Other Services (+25).

Payrolls in Manufacturing were unchanged. Employment declined in Construction (-100), Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (-50), Professional and Business Services (-25), and Leisure and Hospitality (-25).

Olney – Mt. Carmel Area

Total nonfarm employment increased by +325 compared to November 2021.

Employment gains were posted in Government (+200), Natural Resources and Mining (+50), Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+50), Leisure and Hospitality (+50), Other Services (+25), and Financial Activities (+25), and Information (+25).

No changes were reported in Professional and Business Services. Payrolls decreased in Manufacturing (-75), Construction (-25), and Education and Health Services (-25).


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.

Disclaimer: The data contained in the metro area employment numbers press releases are not seasonally adjusted, and therefore are subject to seasonal fluctuations due to factors such as changes in weather, harvests, major holidays, and school schedules. Current monthly metro data should be compared to the same month from prior years (January 2022 data compared to January 2021 data) as data for these months have similar seasonal patterns. Comparisons should not be made to data for the immediate previous month or other previous non-matching months, as any changes in the data within these time periods may be the result of seasonal fluctuations and not economic factors.

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