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Jobs up in most metro areas in October

Over-the-year, total nonfarm jobs increased in eleven metropolitan areas and decreased in three for the  year ending October 2023, according to data released on Nov. 22, 2023 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (DES). Over-the-year, the unemployment rate increased in thirteen metropolitan areas and decreased in one.

“With consistent gains in payroll jobs, jobseekers and employers continue to find new opportunities to land their next jobs and fill open positions,” said Deputy Governor Andy Manar.  “Further investments in workforce development throughout the state, coupled with the employment resources provided by IDES and its partners, continue to provide a strong foundation for the Illinois labor market.”

The metro areas which had the largest over-the-year percentage increases in total nonfarm jobs were the Danville MSA (+3.0%, +800), the Elgin Metro Division (+2.2%, +5,900), and the Springfield MSA (+1.6%, +1,800). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago Metro were up +0.7% or +26,200. Total nonfarm jobs were down in the  Kankakee MSA (-1.1%, -500), the Decatur MSA (-0.8%, -400), and the Rockford MSA (-0.8%, -1,200). Industries that saw job growth in a majority of metro areas included: Government (thirteen areas); Education and Health Services and Leisure and Hospitality (eleven areas each); and Other Services (nine areas).

The metro areas with the largest unemployment rate increases were the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island IA-IL MSA (+1.5 percentage points to 4.9%), the Decatur MSA (+1.2 percentage points to 6.1%), and the Rockford MSA (+1.2 points to 6.1%). The Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metropolitan Division unemployment rate fell -0.1 point to 4.4%.

 

 

South Central Illinois Highlights

Mattoon – Charleston Area

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by +675 jobs in October 2023 compared to a year ago.

Employment gains were posted in Educational and Health Services (+625), Government (+175), Leisure and Hospitality (+150), Manufacturing (+75), Construction (+75), Information (+25) and Other Services (+25).

No change in employment was reported in Natural Resources and Mining.

From October 2022 to October 2023, nonfarm payrolls decreased notably in Professional and Business Services (-225), Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (-150) and Financial Activities (-125).

Effingham Area

Total nonfarm employment increased by +950 in October 2023 compared to a year ago.

Employment gains were posted in Government (+300), Construction (+175), Leisure and Hospitality (+150), Educational and Health Services (+125), Manufacturing (+75), Financial Activities (+25), Professional and Business Services (+25), Other Services (+25) and Natural Resources and Mining (+25).

Over the year, nonfarm payrolls held steady in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; employers in the Information industry reported a loss of jobs (-50).

Centralia – Mt. Vernon Area

Total nonfarm employment increased by +900 jobs in October 2023 from a year earlier.

Employment increased in Government (+325), Leisure and Hospitality (+325), Professional and Business Services (+200), Construction (+75), Other Services (+75), Educational and Health Services (+50), Financial Activities (+50) and Natural Resources and Mining (+25).

No change in employment was reported in the Information industry over the period.

Payrolls decreased in Manufacturing (-125) as well as in Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-100).

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