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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Champaign rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Champaign peaked in October 2009 at 9.2% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Champaign 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
Champaign 4.4% +0.2 -0.6
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: Champaign, Illinois, National

Champaign, Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Champaign, Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Champaign peaked in February 2010 at 11,301. There are now 6,184 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,731 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 386. Champaign employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Champaign, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Champaign 5,117 +152 -845

Number of Unemployed Persons

Champaign, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.4% 5,117
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.2% 4,965
September
2017
4.2% 5.0% 4.0% 4,731
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.2% 4,959
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.3% 5,110
June
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.4% 5,225
May
2017
4.3% 4.6% 4.5% 5,329
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.5% 5,444
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 4.6% 5,560
February
2017
4.7% 5.4% 4.9% 5,901
January
2017
4.8% 5.7% 5.5% 6,605

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.