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Peoria, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Peoria fell 0.4 percentage points in October 2016 to 6.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Peoria peaked in October 2009 at 11.8% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.0% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Peoria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Illinois 5.6% +0.1 -0.3
Peoria 6.3% -0.4 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Peoria, Illinois, National

Peoria, Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Peoria, Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Peoria peaked in October 2009 at 23,745. There are now 12,194 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,215 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 336. Peoria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Peoria, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Peoria 11,551 -736 -1,354

Number of Unemployed Persons

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 5.6% 6.3% 11,551
September
2016
5.0% 5.5% 6.7% 12,287
August
2016
4.9% 5.5% 6.2% 11,490
July
2016
4.9% 5.8% 6.3% 11,624
June
2016
4.9% 6.2% 6.6% 12,139
May
2016
4.7% 6.4% 7.3% 13,485
April
2016
5.0% 6.6% 7.7% 14,347
March
2016
5.0% 6.5% 7.4% 13,930
February
2016
4.9% 6.4% 7.3% 13,779
January
2016
4.9% 6.3% 7.5% 14,113
December
2015
5.0% 6.1% 7.3% 13,617

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.