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Peoria, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Peoria fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 7.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Peoria peaked in October 2009 at 11.8% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.8% in June 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.2 percentage points. You can also compare Peoria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Illinois 5.9% +0.2 -0.3
Peoria 7.0% -0.1 +0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 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 October 2009 at 23,745. There are now 10,497 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,619 in June 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,629. Peoria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Peoria, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Peoria 13,248 -192 +1,602

Number of Unemployed Persons

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.9% 7.0% 13,248
November
2015
5.0% 5.7% 7.1% 13,440
October
2015
5.0% 5.4% 6.5% 12,245
September
2015
5.1% 5.4% 5.9% 11,027
August
2015
5.1% 5.6% 5.9% 10,995
July
2015
5.3% 5.8% 5.9% 11,028
June
2015
5.3% 5.9% 5.8% 10,619
May
2015
5.5% 6.0% 5.9% 10,793
April
2015
5.4% 6.0% 5.9% 10,754
March
2015
5.5% 6.0% 6.1% 11,140
February
2015
5.5% 6.0% 6.1% 11,258

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.