Department of Numbers

Illinois Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Illinois fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2014 to 8.7%. The state unemployment rate was 2.0 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 2.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.7% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Illinois unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Illinois 8.7% 0.0 -0.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Illinois, National

Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 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 184,389 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 567,221 in January 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,905. Illinois job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Illinois 569,126 +1,905 -34,635

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployed
March 2014 6.7%
February 2014 6.7% 8.7% 569,126
January 2014 6.6% 8.7% 567,221
December 2013 6.7% 8.9% 579,992
November 2013 7.0% 9.0% 585,782
October 2013 7.2% 9.1% 591,725
September 2013 7.2% 9.1% 597,893
August 2013 7.2% 9.2% 602,647
July 2013 7.3% 9.2% 603,621
June 2013 7.5% 9.2% 602,069
May 2013 7.5% 9.2% 600,835
April 2013 7.5% 9.2% 601,139
March 2013 7.5% 9.2% 602,783