Unemployment Rates

Unemployment rate down, jobs up in March

Springfield, IL- (Radio Mattoon)- The unemployment rate fell over the year in thirteen Illinois metropolitan areas and rose in one in March, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Department of Illinois Employment Security (IDES). Jobs were up in all but one metropolitan area.

“Illinois’ economy continues on a positive trajectory,” said Deputy Governor Andy Manar. “We’re ready to support job seekers and employers with innovative resources to connect across the state.”

The metro areas that saw the largest percentage increases in total non-farm payrolls over the year were Bloomington MSA (+6.6%, +5,800), Chicago Metropolitan Division (+ 5.1%, +177,600) and the Elgin metropolitan area (+5.0%, +11,900). Total non-farm employment fell slightly in Kankakee MSA (-0.5%, -200). Industries that saw job growth in the majority of metropolitan areas included: leisure and hospitality (fourteen regions); Government (thirteen areas); Wholesale trade (twelve zones); Manufacturing, professional and business services and other services (ten areas each); Mining and construction, and education and health services (eight areas each).

The metropolitan areas with the largest unemployment rate declines are Chicago Metropolitan Division (-2.3 points to 4.5%), Decatur MSA (-2.1 points to 6.8%) and Davenport-Moline -Rock Island IA-IL MSA (-2.0 points to 4.3%). The unemployment rate rose in the Rockford MSA by +0.2 points to 8.5%. The unemployment rate fell during the year in 101 counties and rose in one.

Unadjusted unemployment rate

Metropolitan area March 2022* March 2021** Change during the year
Bloomington 3.7% 5.2% -1.5
Carbondale-Marion 4.5% 6.3% -1.8
Champaign Urbana 3.8% 5.3% -1.5
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights 4.5% 6.8% -2.3
Danville 5.6% 7.3% -1.7
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 4.3% 6.3% -2.0
Decatur 6.8% 8.9% -2.1
Elgin 5.4% 7.3% -1.9
Kankakeee 6.0% 7.7% -1.7
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI 4.8% 6.3% -1.5
Peoria 5.3% 7.0% -1.7
Rockford 8.5% 8.3% 0.2
Springfield 4.5% 6.4% -1.9
St. Louis (IL-Section) 4.1% 5.8% -1.7
Statewide Illinois 4.7% 6.7% -2.0
* Preliminary I ** Modified

Total non-farm employment (not seasonally adjusted) – March 2022

Metropolitan area March March Throughout the year
2022* 2021** Switch
Bloomington M.S.A. 93 100 87,300 5,800
Carbondale-Marion MSA 57,400 55,600 1,800
Champagne-Urbana MSA 116,400 113,600 2,800
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metropolitan Division 3,685,200 3,507,600 177,600
Danville MSA 25,900 25,600 300
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA 179,500 174,700 4,800
Decatur MSA 47,800 46,600 1,200
Elgin Metro Division 249,700 237,800 11,900
Kankakee MSA 42,400 42,600 -200
Lake-County-Kenosha County Metropolitan Division 410 300 398,400 11,900
Peoria MSA 163,800 160,000 3,800
MSA of Rockford 142,300 138,000 4,300
Springfield MSA 107 100 103,000 4,100
Illinois Chapter of St. Louis MSA 234,600 233 100 1,500
Statewide Illinois 5,931,100 5,689,900 241,200
* Preliminary | **Amended

Unadjusted unemployment rate
(percentage) for counties and local areas

Labor market area March 2022 March 2021 Change during the year
Champagne-Urbana MSA
County of Champagne 3.8% 5.3% -1.5
Ford County 4.1% 5.1% -1.0
Piatt County 3.5% 4.6% -1.1
Danville MSA
Vermilion County 5.6% 7.3% -1.7
Cities
City of Champagne 3.5% 5.2% -1.7
urban city 3.4% 4.7% -1.3
City of Danville 5.1% 8.2% -3.1
Counties
Clark County 4.8% 6.5% -1.7
Coles County 4.3% 5.6% -1.3
Cook County 4.9% 7.5% -2.6
County of Witt 4.3% 5.7% -1.4
Douglas County 3.2% 4.0% -0.8
Edgar County 3.6% 4.7% -1.1
Iroquois County 4.9% 5.8% -0.9
McLean County 3.7% 5.1% -1.4
County of Macon 6.8% 8.9% -2.1
Moultrie County 3.1% 4.0% -0.9
Sangamon County 4.6% 6.5% -1.9
Shelby County 4.0% 5.0% -1.0
Other places
LWIA 17 3.9% 5.2% -1.3
LWIA 18 5.6% 7.3% -1.7
East-Central BDU 4.2% 5.6% -1.4

East Central Illinois Highlights

Champagne-Urbana MSA

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.8% in March 2022 from 5.3% in March 2021. The last time the March rate was at or below was in 2020, so that it was 3.4%.

Non-farm employment increased by +2,800 compared to last March.

Leisure-Hospitality (+1,300), Professional Business Services (+600), Government (+400), Education-Health Services (+300), Manufacturing (+200) and Wholesale Trade (+100) an. The information sector (-100) saw a decline in employment compared to a year ago.

Danville MSA

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.6% in March 2022 from 7.3% in March 2021. The last time the March rate was at or below was in 2020, so that it was 4.9%.

Non-farm employment increased by +300 compared to last March.

Leisure-Hospitality (+300), Government (+200) and Wholesale Trade (+100) recorded payroll gains over the year. The manufacturing (-100), construction (-100) and other services (-100) sectors recorded declines in employment over the year.

To note: The 2021 monthly unemployment rates and total nonfarm payrolls for Illinois metro areas were revised in February and March 2022, as required by the US BLS. Comments and charts distributed for prior Metro news releases should be discarded as any historical records or analysis previously cited may no longer be valid. The official monthly series of unemployment rates for metropolitan areas, counties and most cities begins in 1990. The official monthly series of non-farm payrolls for metropolitan areas begins in 1990 and for non-metro counties it begins in 1999 .