Manufacturing Employment Trends

Illinois Metro Areas

August 2020 Update

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After adding 14,600 manufacturing jobs in June, Illinois' metropolitan areas shed 2,300 manufacturing jobs in July.

Using Localintel's free and publicly accessible Industry Job Tracker, this report provides 7 observations highlighting changes in manufacturing employment levels for the state's metro areas. At the time of writing, the Tracker draws on the data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as released on August 21, 2020.

Observation 1

These Illinois metro areas recorded an increase in manufacturing jobs last month (measured by percentage change in manufacturing jobs from June 2020):

Name% increase change in jobs
Springfield8.0%200
Kankakee1.4%100
Peoria0.5%100
Elgin, IL Metropolitan   Division0.3%100

Observation 2

The following 5 Illinois metro areas recorded the largest manufacturing job losses in July 2020 (measured by percentage change in jobs from June 2020):

Name% increase change in jobs
Rockford-2.5%-700
Danville-2.1%-100
Lake County-Kenosha County,   IL-WI -1.8%-1,100
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island-0.9%-200
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington   Heights-0.3%-700

Observation 3

The state's 5 largest manufacturing cities lost a combined total of 2,600 manufacturing jobs last month led by the Chicago, Lake County and Rockford metro areas.

Nametotal jobschange in jobs
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington   Heights273,000-700
Lake County-Kenosha County,   IL-WI 60,200-1,100
Elgin33,300100
Rockford27,400-700
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island22,200-200

Observation 4

The 5 Illinois metro areas with the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs (measured by location quotient) shed a combined total of 1,800 manufacturing jobs in July.

NameLQchange in jobs
Decatur2.70
Rockford2.3-700
Danville2.1-100
Kankakee1.9100
Lake County-Kenosha County,   IL-WI 1.8-1,100

Observation 5

In July 2020, there were 29,200 fewer manufacturing jobs in Illinois metros than in July 2019.

Observation 6

Here’s how Illinois’ recovery compares with the country’s other leading manufacturing states (measured by percentage change in manufacturing jobs from June 2020):

Name% increase change in jobs
Michigan1.1%4,900
California0.7%8,700
Wisconsin0.7%2,100
Texas-0.1%-800
Illinois-0.5%-2,300
Indiana-0.7%-2,300
Ohio-1.5%-7,500
Want to know more?

Localintel’s interactive Industry Job Tracker can be accessed at www.ecdev.org/Insight/job-tracker. We created the Tracker to help economic developers and policy makers keep an eye on employment change in the nation’s metropolitan areas. The online tool draws on the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and is updated monthly by Localintel.

Data source

Localintel’s Industry Job Tracker presents data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Employment Statistics survey (establishment survey). The establishment survey provides information on employment, hours, and earnings of employees on nonfarm payrolls. BLS collects this data each month from a sample of over 390,000 establishments employing over 47 million nonfarm wage and salary workers, full or part time, who receive pay during the payroll period which includes the 12th of the month. According to the BLS, statistics based on the establishment survey are subject to both sampling and non-sampling error. BLS analyses are generally conducted at the 90-percent level of confidence. The BLS does not seasonally adjust the industry specific employment data for metro areas. Localintel updates the Industry Job Tracker each month with the latest BLS establishment survey data for metro areas. The Tracker identifies the period to which the data applies and when the last update occurred. More information about the Current Employment Statistics program can be found at https://www.bls.gov/ces/. Definitions for Metropolitan Areas and how the BLS measures geographic areas can be accessed at https://www.bls.gov/opub/hom/topic/geographic-area-definitions.htm.   

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