Department of Numbers

Illinois Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Illinois fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2014 to 6.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Illinois peaked in January 2010 at 11.4% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Illinois unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% 0.0 -1.2
Illinois 6.4% -0.2 -2.6

Unemployment Rate: Illinois, National

Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Illinois peaked in January 2010 at 753,515. There are now 332,478 fewer people unemployed in the state. Illinois job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Illinois 421,037 -7,833 -164,745

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Illinois from 1990 to November 2014

Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployed
November 2014 5.8% 6.4% 421,037
October 2014 5.8% 6.6% 428,870
September 2014 5.9% 6.6% 427,517
August 2014 6.1% 6.7% 432,961
July 2014 6.2% 6.8% 445,391
June 2014 6.1% 7.1% 461,672
May 2014 6.3% 7.5% 492,296
April 2014 6.3% 7.9% 515,964
March 2014 6.7% 8.4% 551,695
February 2014 6.7% 8.7% 569,017
January 2014 6.6% 8.7% 567,221
December 2013 6.7% 8.9% 579,992
November 2013 7.0% 9.0% 585,782