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Peoria, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Peoria fell 0.8 percentage points in February 2017 to 6.3%. 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 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.0% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Peoria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Illinois 5.4% -0.3 -0.7
Peoria 6.3% -0.8 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 data as March 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 12,335 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,918 in November 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 492. Peoria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Peoria, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Peoria 11,410 -1,469 -2,369

Number of Unemployed Persons

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 4.9%
February
2017
4.7% 5.4% 6.3% 11,410
January
2017
4.8% 5.7% 7.1% 12,879
December
2016
4.7% 5.7% 6.4% 11,699
November
2016
4.6% 5.8% 6.0% 10,918
October
2016
4.8% 5.8% 6.3% 11,537
September
2016
4.9% 5.8% 6.7% 12,287
August
2016
4.9% 5.8% 6.2% 11,490
July
2016
4.9% 5.8% 6.3% 11,624
June
2016
4.9% 5.9% 6.6% 12,139
May
2016
4.7% 5.9% 7.3% 13,485
April
2016
5.0% 6.0% 7.7% 14,347

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.