Jobless Rate in Illinois Improves in August


Published on September 18 2020 10:56 am
Last Updated on September 18 2020 10:56 am
Written by Greg Sapp

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) says the unemployment rate in August fell 0.5 percentage points to 11.0 percent, while nonfarm payrolls added 66,000 jobs, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The July monthly change in payrolls was revised upward from the preliminary report, from +93,200 to +105,000 jobs. The July unemployment rate was revised upward from the preliminary report, from 11.3 percent to 11.5 percent.

The August payroll jobs estimate and unemployment rate reflects activity for the week including the 12th. The BLS has published FAQs for the August payroll jobs and the unemployment rate.

The state’s unemployment rate was 2.6 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for August, which was 8.4 percent, down 1.8 percentage points from the previous month. The Illinois unemployment rate was up 7.2 percentage points from a year ago when it was 3.8 percent.

The number of unemployed workers declined from the prior month, a 2.9 percent decrease to 695,000 but was up 182.6 percent over the same month for the prior year. The labor force was up 1.6 percent over-the-month and down 1.5 percent over-the-year. Confidence in the Illinois economy has grown in recent months. From January 2020 to April 2020, the Illinois labor force declined 4.6% (294,000 individuals) and, yet, from April 2020 to August 2020, the labor force has rebounded 3.6% (nearly 224,000 individuals).

In August, the three industry sectors with the largest over-the-month gains in employment were: Leisure and Hospitality (+16,400), Government (+15,900), and Professional and Business Services (+9,900). Only one industry sector reported a payroll decline: Information (-1,400).