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Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in October 2009 at 8.1% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Illinois 4.9% 0.0 -0.9
Bloomington 4.1% +0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Bloomington, Illinois, National

Bloomington, Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Bloomington, Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Bloomington peaked in February 2010 at 8,267. There are now 4,346 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,733 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 188.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 3,921 +64 -870

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.1% 3,921
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.0% 3,857
September
2017
4.2% 5.0% 3.9% 3,733
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.1% 3,935
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.2% 4,045
June
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.2% 4,057
May
2017
4.3% 4.6% 4.2% 4,082
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.3% 4,169
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 4.3% 4,185
February
2017
4.7% 5.4% 4.7% 4,568
January
2017
4.8% 5.7% 5.5% 5,306

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.