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Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chicago rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2014 to 6.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Chicago peaked in December 2009 at 11.3% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.2% in September 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Chicago unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
Illinois 6.6% 0.0 -2.5
Chicago 6.3% +0.1 -2.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2014 data as November 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 January 2010 at 550,995. There are now 241,690 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 303,708 in September 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,597. Chicago employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chicago, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Chicago 309,305 +5,597 -122,508

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chicago, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployed
November
2014
5.8% 6.4%
October
2014
5.8% 6.6% 6.3% 309,305
September
2014
5.9% 6.6% 6.2% 303,708
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

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.