Chicago-- The state Department of Employment Security says unemployment rates increased in almost all of Illinois' dozen metro areas in December.
The department reported Friday that unemployment fell only in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville and Davenport-Moline-Rock Island areas. The Chicago rate dropped from 8.6 percent to in December 2012 to 8.2 percent last month. In the Rock Island area the jobless rate dropped to 6.8 percent.
The department blamed the ongoing slowdown in manufacturing for many job losses.
Unemployment increased the most in Danville where the rate rose from 10 percent to 12.2 percent and in Peoria where the jobless rate jumped 1 percent to 9.2 percent. Both cities rely on manufacturing.
The department said earlier this month that statewide unemployment fell to 8.6 percent.
Illinois businesses added jobs in four metros. Largest increases: Lake-Kenosha (+2.6 percent, +10,100), Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+1.4 percent, +54,400), Springfield (+0.7 percent, +800). Largest decreases: Decatur (-1.9 percent, -1,000), Bloomington-Normal (-1.5 percent, ‑1,400) and Champaign-Urbana (-1.0 percent, -1,100). Much of these decreases continue to reflect a temporary slowdown in global manufacturing demand. Industry sectors recording job growth in the most metros: Education and Health Services (eight of 12), Retail Trade (eight of 12), and Leisure and Hospitality (seven of 12).
Not seasonally adjusted data compares the current month to the same month of the previous year. The December 2013 not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 8.6 percent and 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010.
Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
St. Louis (IL-Section)
* Data subject to revision.
Total Non-farm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – December 2013
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