The number of nonfarm jobs decreased over-the-year in all 14 Illinois metropolitan areas in September, with four metro areas at record low payrolls for that month, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
The unemployment rate increased over-the-year in all metro areas and posted a record high for the month of September in one metro area.
In Kane County, the September unemployment rate is 8.4%.
Kane County is in the Elgin Metro Division, where the unemployment rate is 8.3% for the month of September. In the Elgin Metro Division, the unemployment rate was 3.6% in September 2019. The last time the September rate was equal to or higher was in 2011 when it was 9.6%.
Total nonfarm employment decreased 23,200 compared to September 2019.
The Leisure-Hospitality was down 6,600 jobs, Government down 3,200), Manufacturing down 3,100), Other Services down 2,900, Educational-Health Services down 2,900, and Wholesale Trade down 2,000 sectors recorded the largest employment declines compared to one year ago.
The official, BLS approved sub-state unemployment rate and nonfarm jobs series begins in 1990. Data reported prior to 1990 are not directly comparable due to updates in methodology.
“We take our role in this pandemic seriously, and will continue to work with IDES to support working families and provide employment training and services to those who seek it,” said Deputy Gov. Dan Hynes.
The number of nonfarm jobs decreased in all 14 Illinois metropolitan areas. Total nonfarm jobs were down in Peoria (-10.5%, -17,900), Elgin (-8.8%, -23,200) and Lake-Kenosha (-7.6%, -32,000). In Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, jobs were down 7.2% (-274,200). No industry sector saw job gains in a majority of metro areas.
Not seasonally adjusted data compares September 2020 with September 2019. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 9.8% in September 2020 and the highest September unemployment rate since 2011, when it was also 9.8%.
The official, BLS approved, statewide unemployment rate series begins in 1976. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.7% in September 2020 and the highest September unemployment rate since 2011, when it was 8.8%.
The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and seeking employment.
SOURCE: IDES news release