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Kankakee, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kankakee fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Kankakee peaked in December 2009 at 13.5% and is now 8.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Kankakee 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
Kankakee 5.3% 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: Kankakee, Illinois, National

Kankakee, Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Kankakee, Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kankakee peaked in February 2010 at 7,793. There are now 4,858 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,842 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 93. Kankakee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kankakee, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Kankakee 2,935 +50 -483

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kankakee, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Kankakee
Unemployment Rate
Kankakee
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.3% 2,935
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.3% 2,885
September
2017
4.2% 5.0% 5.2% 2,842
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.4% 2,917
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.5% 2,994
June
2017
4.3% 4.7% 5.6% 3,043
May
2017
4.3% 4.6% 5.5% 3,034
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 5.4% 3,010
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 5.4% 2,953
February
2017
4.7% 5.4% 5.9% 3,288
January
2017
4.8% 5.7% 6.9% 3,849

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.