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Illinois Payroll Jobs Increase, Unemployment Rate Up Slightly in February

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate increased +0.1 percentage point to 4.8 percent, while nonfarm payrolls increased +23,100 in February, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and released by IDES. The January revised unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, unchanged from the preliminary January unemployment rate. The January monthly change in payrolls was revised from the preliminary report, from +1,700 to -900 jobs. The February unemployment rate and payroll jobs estimate reflect activity for the week including the 12th.
In February, the industry sectors with the largest over-the-month job gains included: Government (+6,700), Construction (+6,200), and Leisure and Hospitality (+5,400). The industry sectors with monthly payroll job declines included: Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-1,900), Manufacturing (-700), and Financial Activities (-600).
“Job growth throughout the state across industry sectors is a testament to the strength and stability of the diverse Illinois workforce,” said Deputy Governor Andy Manar. “Continued statewide investment in workforce development is giving jobseekers and employers new tools and opportunities to thrive in the expanding state economy.”
Compared to a year ago, nonfarm payroll jobs increased by +13,500 jobs, with gains across most major industries. The industry groups with the largest jobs increases included: Government (+26,700), Educational and Health Services (+23,400), and Leisure and Hospitality (+10,300). The industry groups with the largest jobs decreases included: Professional and Business Services (-37,700), Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-8,100), and Information (-7,700). In February, total nonfarm payrolls were up +0.2 percent over-the-year in Illinois and up +1.8 percent in the nation.
The number of unemployed workers was 308,900, up +1.1 percent from the prior month, and up +11.6 percent over the same month one year ago. The labor force was almost unchanged (0.0 percent) over-the-month and up +1.1 percent over-the-year. The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and seeking employment. An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.