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December Unemployment Unchanged at 8.7 Percent
Private Sector Job Growth Up 167,000 During the

CHICAGO – The December 2012 unemployment rate was
unchanged at 8.7 percent, according to preliminary
data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment
Security (IDES). The data is seasonally adjusted. One
year ago, the December rate was 9.7 percent. Total
payrolls decreased -7,600 in December 2012, nearly
one-third of which were temporary layoffs with
return-to-work dates in January, 2013.

“Illinois’ long-term trend is that of moderate growth
punctuated by monthly up-and-down movement in the
unemployment rate and the number of people working,”
IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “This positive trend
still is threatened by Congress and its continuing
deliberations on the debt ceiling and the fiscal

Illinois added +167,000 private sector jobs since
January 2010 when job growth returned following
nearly two years of consecutive monthly declines.
Leading growth sectors are Professional and Business
Services (+79,500); Education and Health Services
(+43,600); and Manufacturing (+39,800). Government
has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down

In December 2012, the number of unemployed
individuals increased +1,700 (+0.3 percent) to
576,600. Total unemployed declined -176,200 (-23.4
percent) since January 2010 when the state
unemployment rate peaked at 11.4 percent.

The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of
work and seeking employment. A person who exhausts
benefits, or is ineligible, still will be reflected
in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.
Historically, the national unemployment rate is lower
than the state rate. The state rate has been lower
than the national rate only six times since January

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Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
2012    November
2012    December
2011    3-Month
Moving Avg.
Illinois      8.7%  8.7%  9.7%* 8.7%
U.S.    7.8%  7.8%* 8.5%* 7.8%
*  Revised

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-farm Jobs – by Major

Industry Title      December
2012*  November
2012**  December
2011**  Over the Month Change  Over the Year
Change  3-Month
Moving Avg.  Change from
Mov. Avg.
Total Nonfarm      5,717,900  5,725,500  5,676,000
-7,600  41,900      5,718,100  3,300
Mining  9,700 9,600 9,700 100  0    9,600 0
Construction        182,700    179,800    191,300
2,900  -8,600      182,500    -500
Manufacturing      593,400    598,700    576,900
-5,300  16,500      596,200    -900
Trade, Transportation, & Utilities    1,145,900
1,145,100    1,142,200  800  3,700 1,141,400
Information        97,900      96,800      99,800
1,100  -1,900      97,200      200
Financial Activities      366,200    366,600
360,500 -400  5,700 366,500    -200
Professional and Business Services    859,300
863,500 838,500    -4,200      20,800      860,000
Educational and Health Services 865,200    866,300
857,100 -1,100      8,100 865,000    1,400
Leisure and Hospitality  534,800    534,200
519,800 600  15,000      535,100    500
Other Services      238,000    238,200    247,500
-200    -9,500      238,100    -100
Government          824,800    826,700    832,700
-1,900  -7,900      826,600    -1,100
* Preliminary
** Revised


• Illinois monthly labor force, unemployed and
unemployment rates for years 2007-2011 have been
revised as required by the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics. In February of each year, monthly labor
force data for all states are revised to reflect
updated Census population controls, seasonal factors,
non-farm jobs and unemployment insurance claims
inputs. Data were smoothed to eliminate large monthly
changes as a result of volatility in the monthly
household (CPS) survey. Comments and tables
distributed in prior Illinois unemployment rate news
release materials should be discarded because any
analysis, including records, previously cited might
no longer be valid.
• Seasonally adjusted employment data for subsectors
within industries are not available.  For not
seasonally adjusted jobs data with greater industry
detail, go to
• “Other Services” includes a wide range of
activities in three broad categories: Personal and
laundry; repair and maintenance; and religious, grant
making, civic and professional organizations.
• Monthly seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for
Illinois and the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet
Metropolitan Division are available at: .


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