Department of Numbers

Illinois Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Illinois fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2017 to 5.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 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 5.7% in December 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Illinois unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Illinois 5.7% 0.0 -0.4

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

Unemployment Rate: Illinois, National

Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 368,542 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 372,800 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,953. Illinois job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Illinois 374,753 +1,953 -28,348

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 5.7% 374,753
December 2016 4.7% 5.7% 372,800
November 2016 4.6% 5.8% 374,409
October 2016 4.8% 5.8% 375,351
September 2016 4.9% 5.8% 376,079
August 2016 4.9% 5.8% 376,672
July 2016 4.9% 5.8% 378,424
June 2016 4.9% 5.9% 381,887
May 2016 4.7% 5.9% 386,863
April 2016 5.0% 6.0% 392,875
March 2016 5.0% 6.1% 398,918