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Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chicago fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2014 to 8.4%. 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 2.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.4% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Chicago unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Illinois 8.7% 0.0 -0.5
Chicago 8.4% 0.0 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 550,538. There are now 137,160 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 410,617 in January 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,761. Chicago employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chicago, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Chicago 413,378 +2,761 -58,604

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chicago, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 8.4%
February
2014
6.7% 8.7% 8.4% 413,378
January
2014
6.6% 8.7% 8.4% 410,617
December
2013
6.7% 8.9% 8.6% 418,721
November
2013
7.0% 9.0% 8.7% 423,724
October
2013
7.2% 9.1% 8.8% 433,007
September
2013
7.2% 9.1% 9.0% 441,655
August
2013
7.2% 9.2% 9.2% 449,506
July
2013
7.3% 9.2% 9.3% 454,290
June
2013
7.5% 9.2% 9.4% 459,743
May
2013
7.5% 9.2% 9.4% 459,128
April
2013
7.5% 9.2% 9.6% 466,904
March
2013
7.5% 9.2% 9.7% 473,623

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.