Department of Numbers

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chicago fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2015 to 6.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Chicago peaked in January 2010 at 11.4% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.0% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Chicago unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Illinois 6.0% 0.0 -1.1
Chicago 6.0% 0.0 -1.2
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 March 2010 at 559,001. There are now 266,389 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 290,199 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,413. Chicago employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chicago, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Chicago 292,612 +2,413 -60,430

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chicago, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 6.0% 6.0% 292,612
April
2015
5.4% 6.0% 6.0% 290,199
March
2015
5.5% 6.0% 6.2% 301,347
February
2015
5.5% 6.0% 6.2% 303,357
January
2015
5.7% 6.1% 6.3% 309,213
December
2014
5.6% 6.2% 6.1% 297,608
November
2014
5.8% 6.2% 6.3% 308,580
October
2014
5.7% 6.3% 6.4% 314,777
September
2014
5.9% 6.4% 6.5% 320,040
August
2014
6.1% 6.5% 6.7% 326,803
July
2014
6.2% 6.7% 6.8% 331,430
June
2014
6.1% 6.9% 6.9% 338,969

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.