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Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chicago fell 0.6 percentage points in March 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 Chicago peaked in January 2010 at 11.4% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Chicago unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
Illinois 4.9% -0.5 -1.2
Chicago 4.4% -0.6 -1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2017 data as April metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Chicago, Illinois, National

Chicago, Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Chicago, Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Chicago peaked in March 2010 at 557,476. There are now 345,169 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Chicago employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chicago, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Chicago 212,307 -30,365 -91,829

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chicago, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployed
April
2017
4.4% 4.7%
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 4.4% 212,307
February
2017
4.7% 5.4% 5.0% 242,672
January
2017
4.8% 5.7% 5.5% 271,351
December
2016
4.7% 5.7% 5.7% 278,950
November
2016
4.6% 5.8% 5.7% 280,083
October
2016
4.8% 5.8% 5.8% 285,949
September
2016
4.9% 5.8% 5.8% 287,404
August
2016
4.9% 5.8% 5.7% 278,912
July
2016
4.9% 5.8% 5.6% 273,207
June
2016
4.9% 5.9% 5.6% 275,990
May
2016
4.7% 5.9% 5.8% 285,878

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.