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Peoria, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Peoria fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2014 to 6.9%. 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 5.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Peoria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% +0.1 -1.2
Illinois 6.4% -0.2 -2.6
Peoria 6.9% -0.2 -2.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2014 data as December 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 10,531 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Peoria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Peoria, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Peoria 13,286 -270 -5,600

Number of Unemployed Persons

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployed
December
2014
5.6%
November
2014
5.8% 6.4% 6.9% 13,286
October
2014
5.7% 6.6% 7.1% 13,556
September
2014
5.9% 6.6% 7.2% 13,722
August
2014
6.1% 6.7% 7.4% 14,253
July
2014
6.2% 6.8% 7.5% 14,563
June
2014
6.1% 7.1% 7.7% 14,972
May
2014
6.3% 7.5% 8.0% 15,686
April
2014
6.2% 7.9% 8.2% 16,107
March
2014
6.6% 8.4% 8.8% 17,152
February
2014
6.7% 8.7% 9.1% 17,739
January
2014
6.6% 8.7% 9.4% 18,140

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.