Unemployment increases in Illinois metro areas

Throughout Illinois the unemployment rate increased in all 12 of the states metropolitan areas. This is the 21st consecutive month that unemployment rates were above previous year levels. Information about the increase in unemployment was released March 13, by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The three metropolitan areas with the largest decline of jobs were reported to be Rockford with a 3.4% decrease in jobs, Chicago-Naperville-Joliet with a decline of 2.8%, and Lake-Kenosha with a 1.5% decline. The areas of Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana, Kankakee-Bradley, Lake-Kenosha, Rockford, Springfield, and Metro East are reporting the highest levels of unemployment in Illinois. Decatur and Peoria have reported their highest unemployment rates since 1992.

There was a glimmer of good news, however, ten metropolitan areas reported over-the-year job growth in Educational and Health Services careers.

Unemployment in Illinois Metro Aras
Metropolitan Area January 2009 January 2008
Bloomington-Normal 6.0% 5.1%
Champaign-Urbana 6.8% 5.7%
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet 8.2% 5.8%
Danville 10.6% 8.0%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl. 6.9% 5.5%
Decatur 9.3% 7.0%
Kankakee-Bradley 11.6% 9.2%
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI 9.0% 6.6%
Peoria 7.4% 6.0%
Rockford 13.7% 8.3%
Springfield 6.8% 5.8%
St. Louis (IL-Section) 9.6% 7.1%