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Decatur, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Decatur fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 5.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Decatur peaked in October 2009 at 12.7% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Decatur unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Illinois 4.9% 0.0 -0.9
Decatur 5.4% 0.0 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Decatur, Illinois, National

Decatur, Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Decatur, Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Decatur peaked in October 2009 at 6,925. There are now 4,287 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,604 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 34. Decatur employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Decatur, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Decatur 2,638 +34 -477

Number of Unemployed Persons

Decatur, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.4% 2,638
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.4% 2,604
September
2017
4.2% 5.0% 5.4% 2,616
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.7% 2,779
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.6% 2,775
June
2017
4.3% 4.7% 5.7% 2,812
May
2017
4.3% 4.6% 5.5% 2,705
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 5.6% 2,785
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 5.7% 2,861
February
2017
4.7% 5.4% 6.2% 3,107
January
2017
4.8% 5.7% 6.8% 3,410

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.