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Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chicago fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2014 to 6.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Chicago peaked in December 2009 at 11.3% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Chicago unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
Illinois 6.6% -0.1 -2.5
Chicago 6.2% -0.1 -2.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 January 2010 at 550,995. There are now 247,272 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Chicago employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chicago, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Chicago 303,723 -175 -132,746

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chicago, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployed
September
2014
5.9% 6.6% 6.2% 303,723
August
2014
6.1% 6.7% 6.3% 303,898
July
2014
6.2% 6.8% 6.6% 319,015
June
2014
6.1% 7.1% 7.0% 339,322
May
2014
6.3% 7.5% 7.5% 367,097
April
2014
6.3% 7.9% 7.9% 385,800
March
2014
6.7% 8.4% 8.3% 405,208
February
2014
6.7% 8.7% 8.5% 414,856
January
2014
6.6% 8.7% 8.4% 412,863
December
2013
6.7% 8.9% 8.7% 423,604
November
2013
7.0% 9.0% 8.7% 427,532
October
2013
7.2% 9.1% 8.8% 431,813
September
2013
7.2% 9.1% 8.9% 436,469

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.