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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.

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Peoria fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 6.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Peoria peaked in November 2009 at 11.9% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Peoria 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
Peoria 6.7% -0.2 -3.1
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: 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 November 2009 at 23,817. There are now 10,943 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Peoria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Peoria, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Peoria 12,874 -416 -6,081

Number of Unemployed Persons

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployed
March
2015
5.5%
February
2015
5.5% 6.0%
January
2015
5.7% 6.1%
December
2014
5.6% 6.2% 6.7% 12,874
November
2014
5.8% 6.2% 6.9% 13,290
October
2014
5.7% 6.3% 7.1% 13,556
September
2014
5.9% 6.4% 7.2% 13,722
August
2014
6.1% 6.5% 7.4% 14,253
July
2014
6.2% 6.7% 7.5% 14,563
June
2014
6.1% 6.9% 7.7% 14,972
May
2014
6.3% 7.1% 8.0% 15,686
April
2014
6.2% 7.4% 8.2% 16,107

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.