Department of Numbers

Illinois Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Illinois rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 5.7%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Illinois peaked in December 2009 at 11.2% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in August 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Illinois unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Illinois 5.7% +0.1 -0.4

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Illinois, National

Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Illinois peaked in January 2010 at 743,295. There are now 368,781 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 360,500 in September 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 14,014. Illinois job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Illinois 374,514 +6,130 -26,210

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Illinois from 1990 to December 2016

Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 5.7% 374,514
November 2016 4.6% 5.6% 368,384
October 2016 4.8% 5.6% 366,464
September 2016 4.9% 5.5% 360,500
August 2016 4.9% 5.5% 363,657
July 2016 4.9% 5.8% 383,089
June 2016 4.9% 6.2% 409,294
May 2016 4.7% 6.4% 426,753
April 2016 5.0% 6.6% 439,295
March 2016 5.0% 6.5% 429,651
February 2016 4.9% 6.4% 420,015