Illinois had a month of strong job gains in October, with the state picking up 14,100 jobs during the month, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Illinois also saw solid growth in its labor force and household employment, according to the BLS’ household survey. Overall, the October jobs report is a bright spot in another year of weak job creation. However, Illinois lost another 1,900 manufacturing jobs in October, meaning the state lost factory jobs in nine of the first 10 months of 2015.
All told, Illinois gained 14,100 payroll jobs in October, according to the October jobs report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, or IDES.
The IDES data, which are based on the BLS information, reveal that the drivers of Illinois’ job gains were education and health services (+7,900); leisure and hospitality (3,500); trade, transportation and utilities (1,800); construction (+1,700); other services (+1,500) and government (+1,200). Job losses came in manufacturing (-1,900); business and professional services (-1,100); information (-300) and financial activities (-200).
The BLS household survey also showed that an additional 18,800 Illinoisans reported having some type of employment, while the number of unemployed Illinoisans grew by 700. Illinois’ labor force increased by 19,700 people in the month of October.
This resulted in Illinois’ labor-force participation rate’s climbing to 64.6 percent in October from 64.4 in September.
Overall job creation in Illinois’ neighboring states was strong in October, with Ohio gaining 30,800 jobs, Wisconsin adding 16,100 jobs, and Michigan adding 13,600 jobs during the month.
On the year-to-date comparison, Illinois’ smaller neighboring states outperformed the Land of Lincoln.
Illinois has created 20,200 total jobs so far in 2015, while Iowa has created 18,200, Missouri has added 23,100, Kentucky has created 24,100, Wisconsin has tacked on 36,900, Indiana has grown 45,100, and Michigan has added 59,300.