Department of Numbers

Illinois Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Illinois fell 0.4 percentage points in June 2014 to 7.1%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 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 4.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Illinois unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate June 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.2 -1.4
Illinois 7.1% -0.4 -2.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Illinois, National

Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to June 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 291,802 fewer people unemployed in the state. Illinois job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Illinois 461,713 -30,583 -140,356

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployed
July 2014 6.2%
June 2014 6.1% 7.1% 461,713
May 2014 6.3% 7.5% 492,296
April 2014 6.3% 7.9% 515,964
March 2014 6.7% 8.4% 551,695
February 2014 6.7% 8.7% 569,017
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