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Job Growth, Unemployment Increase in February
Job Seekers Kick-Start Work Search, Push Up Unemployment Rate

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
Metropolitan Area  Feb. 2013*  Feb.2012

Bloomington-Normal  8.1%  7.5%
Champaign-Urbana    9.3%  8.6%
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 10.3% 9.1%
Danville      12.4% 10.9%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl.      8.2%  8.3%
Decatur      13.7% 10.9%
Kankakee-Bradley    13.3% 12.9%
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI 10.7% 10.1%
Peoria  10.4% 9.0%
Rockford      13.4% 13.0%
Springfield  9.2%  8.4%
St. Louis (IL-Section)    10.0% 10.5%
* Data subject to revision.


CHICAGO – In February, Illinois recorded job growth
in five metropolitan statistical areas while declines
occurred in seven, according to preliminary data
released today by the U.S. Department of Labor and
the Illinois Department of Employment Security
(IDES).

February local unemployment rates increased in 10 of
12 metros and decreased in two. More people looking
for work this February compared to last February
contributed to the higher unemployment rates.

The not seasonally adjusted data compares February
2013 to February 2012.

The largest job increases:
Rockford (+2.2 percent, +3,200),
Quad Cities (+1.6 percent, +2,800),
Champaign-Urbana (+1.5 percent, +1,600)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+1.5 percent, +55,000).

Sectors increasing in the most metros were
Educational and Health Services (nine of 12),
Financial Activities and Transportation, Warehousing
and Utilities (both eight of 12) and Leisure and
Hospitality (seven of 12).

Largest increases in unemployment: Decatur (+2.8
points to 13.7 percent), Danville (+1.5 point to 12.4
percent), and Peoria (+1.4 point to 10.4 percent).
The Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metropolitan Division
rate was up +1.2 point to 10.3 percent.

Not seasonally adjusted data compares the current
month to the same month of the previous year. The
February 2013 not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate
was 10.5 percent and 12.2 percent at its peak in this
economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the
unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in February and
10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The
unemployment rate identifies those who are out of
work and looking for work and is not tied to
collecting unemployment insurance benefits.

Total Non-farm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) –
February 2013
Metropolitan Area  February 2013*  -- February  2012**  -- Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington-Normal MSA    90,000      90,800      -800
Champaign-Urbana MSA      105,800    104,200    1,600
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Div.  3,674,200   3,619,200    55,000
Danville MSA  29,200      29,300      -100
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA      181,100   178,300 2,800
Decatur MSA  50,000      52,300      -2,300
Kankakee-Bradley MSA      43,200      42,900      300
Lake County-Kenosha County Metro Div. 373,100    375,700 -2,600
Peoria MSA    180,500    180,900    -400
Rockford MSA  146,800    143,600    3,200
Springfield MSA    110,200    110,600    -400
Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA    226,900    228,700 -1,800
*Preliminary    **Revised


Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates (percent)
for Local Counties and Areas

Labor Market Areas  Feb-13      Feb-12
Bloomington-Normal
McLean County    8.1 % 7.5 %
Peoria MSA
Marshall County  10.4 %      10.1 %
Peoria County    10.9 %      9.3 %
Stark County      12.4 %      11.2 %
Tazewell County  10.1 %      8.8 %
Woodford County  8.9 % 7.3 %
Ottawa-Streator Area      13.2 %      12.3 %
Bureau County  12.0 %      11.6 %
LaSalle County    13.6 %      12.5 %
Putnam County  13.2 %      12.7 %
Galesburg Area      10.3 %      9.2 %
Knox County    10.7 %      9.5 %
Warren County    9.1 % 8.1 %
Cities
Bloomington City  8.0 % 7.6 %
Galesburg City    10.6 %      9.4 %
Normal City 7.9 % 7.1 %
Pekin City  11.9 %      10.2 %
Peoria City 11.1 %      9.4 %
Counties
DeWitt County  10.1 %      9.1 %
Fulton County    12.4 %      11.3 %
Henderson County  8.9 % 10.2 %
Henry County      8.7 % 9.1 %
Livingston County 10.7 %      9.5 %
Logan County      10.2 %      8.9 %
Mason County      12.9 %      11.5 %

Central Illinois Highlights
Peoria MSA:
The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to
10.4 percent in February 2013 from 9.0 percent in
February 2012.
Non-farm payroll employment decreased -400 from
February 2012. Job gains were reported in
Educational-Health Services (+1,000), Wholesale Trade
(+200), Other Services (+200) and Government (+200).
Manufacturing (-1,100) employment was down largely
due to a temporary layoff.
Bloomington-Normal MSA:
The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate
increased to 8.1 percent in February 2013 from 7.5
percent in February 2012.
Non-farm payroll employment decreased -800 from a
year ago. Jobs were added in Financial Activities
(+800), Manufacturing (+200) and Leisure-Hospitality
(+200). Declines occurred in Professional-Business
Services (-1,300) and Government (-600).
Ottawa-Streator Area:
The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to
13.2 percent in February 2013 from 12.3 percent in
February 2012.
Non-farm payroll employment decreased -75. Retail
Trade (-375) and Manufacturing (-225) employment
declined. Jobs were added in Other Services (+250),
Transportation-Warehousing-Utilities (+175),
Leisure-Hospitality (+150), and Professional-Business
Services (+100).
Galesburg Area:
The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate
increased to 10.3 percent in February 2013 from 9.2
percent in February 2012.
Over the year, total non-farm payroll jobs were
unchanged. Manufacturing (+175), Financial Activities
(+100) and Other Services (+75) reported employment
gains while Construction (-75), Retail Trade (-75),
and Government (-75) decreased.
Note:

• Monthly 2012 unemployment rates and total non-farm
jobs for Illinois metro areas were revised in
February 2013, as required by the U.S. Dept. of
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (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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