Department of Numbers

Illinois Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Illinois rose 0.2 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.9%. 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 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see Illinois unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Illinois 5.9% +0.2 -0.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Illinois, National

Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Illinois peaked in January 2010 at 743,295. There are now 353,324 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 352,667 in September 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 37,304. Illinois job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Illinois 389,971 +18,240 -11,846

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Illinois from 1990 to December 2015

Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 5.9% 389,971
November 2015 5.0% 5.7% 371,731
October 2015 5.0% 5.4% 353,499
September 2015 5.1% 5.4% 352,667
August 2015 5.1% 5.6% 362,874
July 2015 5.3% 5.8% 373,645
June 2015 5.3% 5.9% 382,460
May 2015 5.5% 6.0% 392,081
April 2015 5.4% 6.0% 390,758
March 2015 5.5% 6.0% 391,216
February 2015 5.5% 6.0% 391,125