Chicago Metro Unemployment Decreases to 5.9% in July 2015
This morning, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released preliminary July 2015 unemployment rates for all Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). The unemployment rate measures the percentage of the local workforce that reports itself as being out of work, information that the government collects by surveying households.
Illustrated in the map and chart below, in July, an estimated 293,809 people in the 14-county Chicago metropolitan statistical area (MSA) were unemployed out of a labor force of approximately 4.975 million, resulting in a preliminary unemployment rate of 5.9% (not seasonally adjusted).
- The July 2015 unemployment rate was 1.4 points lower than July 2014 (7.3%).
- Between July 2014 and July 2015, the Chicago MSA gained an estimated 63,624 employed residents, increasing total regional employment to approximately 4.681 million (not seasonally adjusted).
- Unemployment rates were lower in July than a year earlier in 359 of 387 U.S. metros, 20 metros saw a year-over-year increase, and 8 experienced no change
Current and historic data reflects data revisions completed on April 21, 2015. For more information about these revisions please visit the BLS website.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (LAUS and CPS)
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