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Peoria, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Peoria fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2015 to 5.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Peoria peaked in October 2009 at 11.8% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Peoria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Illinois 6.0% 0.0 -1.1
Peoria 5.9% 0.0 -1.3
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 12,950 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,754 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 41. Peoria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Peoria, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Peoria 10,795 +41 -2,872

Number of Unemployed Persons

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 6.0% 5.9% 10,795
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
January
2015
5.7% 6.1% 6.5% 11,985
December
2014
5.6% 6.2% 6.3% 11,646
November
2014
5.8% 6.2% 6.4% 11,938
October
2014
5.7% 6.3% 6.5% 12,064
September
2014
5.9% 6.4% 6.6% 12,269
August
2014
6.1% 6.5% 6.8% 12,757
July
2014
6.2% 6.7% 7.0% 13,146
June
2014
6.1% 6.9% 7.1% 13,361

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.