Department of Numbers

Illinois Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Illinois fell 0.5 percentage points in November 2020 to 6.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Illinois peaked in April 2020 at 17.2% and is now 10.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Illinois unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Illinois 6.9% -0.5 +3.2

Note: All comparisons are made with November data as December state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Illinois, National

Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Illinois peaked in April 2020 at 1,050,375. There are now 624,438 fewer people unemployed in the state. Illinois job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Illinois 425,937 -40,410 +190,354

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Illinois from 1990 to November 2020

Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 6.9% 425,937
October 2020 6.9% 7.4% 466,347
September 2020 7.8% 10.4% 660,816
August 2020 8.4% 11.0% 695,027
July 2020 10.2% 11.5% 715,810
June 2020 11.1% 14.5% 943,602
May 2020 13.3% 15.3% 967,035
April 2020 14.8% 17.2% 1,050,375
March 2020 4.4% 4.2% 264,127
February 2020 3.5% 3.4% 218,785
January 2020 3.5% 3.5% 227,789