Department of Numbers

Illinois Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Illinois fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2017 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Illinois unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Illinois 4.9% -0.1 -0.9

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

Unemployment Rate: Illinois, National

Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Illinois peaked in January 2010 at 743,295. There are now 426,138 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 298,137 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 19,020. Illinois job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Illinois 317,157 -4,460 -58,194

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Illinois from 1990 to October 2017

Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployed
November 2017 4.1%
October 2017 4.1% 4.9% 317,157
September 2017 4.2% 5.0% 321,617
August 2017 4.4% 5.0% 323,009
July 2017 4.3% 4.8% 308,183
June 2017 4.4% 4.7% 302,287
May 2017 4.3% 4.6% 298,137
April 2017 4.4% 4.7% 306,872
March 2017 4.5% 4.9% 322,300
February 2017 4.7% 5.4% 352,271
January 2017 4.8% 5.7% 374,615
December 2016 4.7% 5.7% 372,800