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Jobs up in all 14 Illinois metro areas in June


Job growth is continuing throughout Illinois. More information is available in this news release from the state of Illinois:

SPRINGFIELD – Over-the-year, total nonfarm jobs increased in all fourteen metropolitan areas for the year ending June 2023, according to data released today 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.

“Today’s data again shows more than two consecutive years of job growth and expansion within industry sectors and across the state,” said Deputy Governor Andy Manar. “As more jobs are created and added to the Illinois labor market, IDES and its workforce partners across the state continue to serve as a vital resource to match jobseekers and employers.”

The metro areas which had the largest over-the-year percentage increases in total nonfarm jobs were the Danville MSA (+3.3%, +900), the Peoria MSA (+2.7%, +4,600), and the Champaign-Urbana MSA (+2.6%, +2,900). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metropolitan Division were up +2.0% or +74,000. Industries that saw job growth in a majority of metro areas included: Education and Health Services and Leisure and Hospitality (twelve areas each); Government (eleven areas), Other Services (ten areas); Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (nine areas); and Manufacturing (eight areas).

The metro areas with the largest unemployment rate increases were the Danville MSA (+1.0 point to 5.9%), the Kankakee MSA (+0.9 point to 5.7%), the Rockford MSA (+0.9 point to 6.3%) and the Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metropolitan Division (+0.8 point to 4.6%). The only metro area with an unemployment rate decrease was the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metropolitan Division (-1.0 percentage point to 4.3%).

Southern Illinois Highlights

Carbondale – Marion Area

The June 2023 unemployment rate was 4.8 percent. This was a +0.4 percentage point increase from the June 2022 rate of 4.4 percent. Total nonfarm employment increased by +500 jobs in June 2023 compared to June a year ago. Government payrolls increased over-the-year (+100).

Surrounding Counties

Total nonfarm payrolls increased by +150 jobs in June 2023 compared to a year ago.

Employment gains were posted in Construction (+100), Leisure and Hospitality (+75), Manufacturing (+75), Educational and Health Services (+75), Government (+50), Financial Activities (+25), and Natural Resources and Mining (+25).

No change was reported in Other Services or Information.

June payrolls posted declines in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (-200), and Professional and Business Services (-50).

Harrisburg Area

Total nonfarm employment increased by +625 jobs in June 2023 compared to June 2022.

Employment gains were posted in Government (+275), Educational and Health Services (+100), Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+100), Information (+75), Natural Resources and Mining (+50), Other Services (+50), Construction (+25), Manufacturing (+25), and Financial Activities (+25).

Leisure and Hospitality payrolls were unchanged in June 2023.

Employment declined over-the-year in Professional and Business Services (-50).

Olney – Mt. Carmel Area

Total nonfarm employment increased by +400 jobs in June 2023 compared to June 2022.

Payrolls increased in Government (+225), Educational and Health Services (+50), Other Services (+50), Leisure and Hospitality (+50), Construction (+25), Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+25), and Information (+25).

Professional and Business Services, Financial Activities, Manufacturing, and Natural Resources and Mining payrolls were unchanged.

Note: Monthly 2022 unemployment rates and total nonfarm jobs for Illinois metro areas were revised in February and March 2023, 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 2023 data compared to January 2022 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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