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Peoria, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Peoria rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2016 to 7.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Peoria peaked in October 2009 at 11.8% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.0% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.4 percentage points. You can also compare Peoria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Illinois 6.5% +0.1 +0.6
Peoria 7.4% +0.1 +1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 9,815 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 2,715. Peoria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Peoria, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Peoria 13,930 +151 +2,715

Number of Unemployed Persons

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployed
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
November
2015
5.0% 6.0% 7.2% 13,442
October
2015
5.0% 5.9% 6.9% 12,905
September
2015
5.1% 5.9% 6.6% 12,234
August
2015
5.1% 5.8% 6.5% 12,051
July
2015
5.3% 5.8% 6.4% 12,040
June
2015
5.3% 5.8% 6.3% 11,803
May
2015
5.5% 5.9% 6.2% 11,541
April
2015
5.4% 5.9% 6.1% 11,292

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.