Department of Numbers

Illinois Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Illinois fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2016 to 6.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.7 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 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.8% in June 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see Illinois unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Illinois 6.4% -0.2 +0.5

Unemployment Rate: Illinois, National

Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 316,531 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 375,802 in July 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 50,962. Illinois job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Illinois 426,764 -12,531 +46,377

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployed
May 2016 4.7% 6.4% 426,764
April 2016 5.0% 6.6% 439,295
March 2016 5.0% 6.5% 429,651
February 2016 4.9% 6.4% 420,015
January 2016 4.9% 6.3% 412,538
December 2015 5.0% 6.1% 400,724
November 2015 5.0% 6.0% 393,844
October 2015 5.0% 5.9% 387,310
September 2015 5.1% 5.9% 381,193
August 2015 5.1% 5.8% 377,003
July 2015 5.3% 5.8% 375,802
June 2015 5.3% 5.8% 377,433