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Peoria, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Peoria fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2017 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Peoria peaked in October 2009 at 11.8% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Peoria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Illinois 5.0% +0.2 -0.8
Peoria 5.3% -0.2 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 14,154 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Peoria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Peoria, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Peoria 9,591 -294 -2,035

Number of Unemployed Persons

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 5.0%
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.3% 9,591
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.5% 9,885
June
2017
4.4% 4.7% 5.6% 10,164
May
2017
4.3% 4.6% 5.6% 10,153
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 5.7% 10,498
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 5.8% 10,679
February
2017
4.7% 5.4% 6.3% 11,493
January
2017
4.8% 5.7% 7.1% 12,899
December
2016
4.7% 5.7% 6.4% 11,566
November
2016
4.6% 5.8% 6.2% 11,284
October
2016
4.8% 5.8% 6.2% 11,388

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.