Illinois employment info

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Manufacturing and construction see gains; government and finance see declines; thousands of jobs posted to IllinoisJoblink.com

information provided by the Illinois Department of Employment Security

CHICAGO, Ill. (December 21, 2017) – In November, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were:

  • Professional and Business Services (+6,300)
  • Manufacturing (+2,200)
  • Construction (+2,100)

The three industry sectors with the largest payroll declines were:

  • Government (-2,800)
  • Financial Activities (-2,200)
  • Other Services (-2,100)

Over-the-year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by 25,900 jobs, with the largest gains in these industry sectors in November:

  • Financial Activities (+13,600)
  • Professional and Business Services (+9,500)
  • Education and Health Services (+7,400)

The industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines include:

  • Government (-8,000)
  • Leisure and Hospitality (-1,800)
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (-1,400)

Illinois nonfarm payrolls were up +0.4 percent over-the-year, in sharp contrast to the nation’s +1.4 percent over-the-year gain in November.

The state’s unemployment rate is +0.8 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for November 2017, which held at 4.1 percent. The Illinois unemployment rate is down -0.9 percentage points from a year ago when it was 5.8 percent. At 4.9 percent, the Illinois jobless rate is -0.8 percentage points lower than January 2017.

The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and are seeking employment. An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.

To help connect jobseekers to employers who are hiring, the Illinois Department of Employment Security maintains the state’s largest job search engine, IllinoisJoblink.com (IJL), which recently showed 86,141 posted resumes with 166,021 jobs available.