Department of Numbers

Illinois Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Illinois fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2015 to 6.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.0% in February 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Illinois unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Illinois 6.0% 0.0 -1.1

Unemployment Rate: Illinois, National

Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 351,266 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 390,758 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,271. Illinois job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Illinois 392,029 +1,271 -72,550

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployed
May 2015 5.5% 6.0% 392,029
April 2015 5.4% 6.0% 390,758
March 2015 5.5% 6.0% 391,216
February 2015 5.5% 6.0% 391,125
January 2015 5.7% 6.1% 398,416
December 2014 5.6% 6.2% 401,817
November 2014 5.8% 6.2% 405,737
October 2014 5.7% 6.3% 411,381
September 2014 5.9% 6.4% 417,552
August 2014 6.1% 6.5% 424,270
July 2014 6.2% 6.7% 433,523
June 2014 6.1% 6.9% 447,116