Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chicago fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 6.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Chicago peaked in December 2009 at 11.3% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Chicago unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Illinois 6.2% 0.0 -2.1
Chicago 6.1% -0.2 -2.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January 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 248,974 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Chicago employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chicago, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Chicago 302,021 -7,043 -121,583

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chicago, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployed
March
2015
5.5%
February
2015
5.5% 6.0%
January
2015
5.7% 6.1%
December
2014
5.6% 6.2% 6.1% 302,021
November
2014
5.8% 6.2% 6.3% 309,064
October
2014
5.7% 6.3% 6.3% 309,271
September
2014
5.9% 6.4% 6.2% 303,708
August
2014
6.1% 6.5% 6.3% 303,898
July
2014
6.2% 6.7% 6.6% 319,015
June
2014
6.1% 6.9% 7.0% 339,322
May
2014
6.3% 7.1% 7.5% 367,097
April
2014
6.2% 7.4% 7.9% 385,800

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.