Department of Numbers

Illinois Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Illinois fell 0.3 percentage points in August 2016 to 5.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 5.7 percentage points lower. You can also see Illinois unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.2
Illinois 5.5% -0.3 -0.3

Unemployment Rate: Illinois, National

Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 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 379,623 fewer people unemployed in the state. Illinois job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Illinois 363,672 -19,417 -13,331

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployed
August 2016 4.9% 5.5% 363,672
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
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