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Rockford, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rockford rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Rockford peaked in July 2009 at 16.0% and is now 10.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Rockford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Illinois 4.9% 0.0 -0.9
Rockford 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Rockford, Illinois, National

Rockford, Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Rockford, Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Rockford peaked in July 2009 at 27,472. There are now 18,534 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,830 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 108. Rockford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rockford, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Rockford 8,938 +108 -1,673

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rockford, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Rockford
Unemployment Rate
Rockford
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.5% 8,938
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.4% 8,830
September
2017
4.2% 5.0% 5.5% 8,874
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.7% 9,299
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.8% 9,524
June
2017
4.3% 4.7% 6.3% 10,437
May
2017
4.3% 4.6% 7.0% 11,643
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 7.6% 12,772
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 8.0% 13,434
February
2017
4.7% 5.4% 8.6% 14,691
January
2017
4.8% 5.7% 9.1% 15,605

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.