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Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chicago fell 0.2 percentage points in June 2016 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Chicago peaked in January 2010 at 11.4% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in August 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Chicago unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% +0.2 -0.4
Illinois 6.2% -0.2 +0.4
Chicago 5.6% -0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2016 data as July 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 279,798 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 269,842 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,836. Chicago employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chicago, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Chicago 277,678 -9,259 -3,331

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chicago, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployed
July
2016
4.9% 5.8%
June
2016
4.9% 6.2% 5.6% 277,678
May
2016
4.7% 6.4% 5.8% 286,937
April
2016
5.0% 6.6% 6.4% 318,980
March
2016
5.0% 6.5% 6.4% 320,489
February
2016
4.9% 6.4% 6.3% 311,317
January
2016
4.9% 6.3% 6.1% 300,666
December
2015
5.0% 6.1% 5.9% 291,659
November
2015
5.0% 6.0% 5.9% 287,347
October
2015
5.0% 5.9% 5.7% 279,071
September
2015
5.1% 5.9% 5.6% 271,866
August
2015
5.1% 5.8% 5.5% 269,842

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.