Department of Numbers

Illinois Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Illinois fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2018 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Illinois peaked in December 2009 at 11.3% and is now 7.2 percentage points lower. You can also see Illinois unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% 0.0 -0.5
Illinois 4.1% -0.1 -0.9

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

Unemployment Rate: Illinois, National

Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Illinois peaked in January 2010 at 750,201. There are now 481,467 fewer people unemployed in the state. Illinois job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Illinois 268,734 -3,467 -54,443

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Illinois from 1990 to August 2018

Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployed
September 2018 3.7%
August 2018 3.9% 4.1% 268,734
July 2018 3.9% 4.2% 272,201
June 2018 4.0% 4.3% 275,721
May 2018 3.8% 4.3% 278,849
April 2018 3.9% 4.4% 287,144
March 2018 4.1% 4.6% 297,639
February 2018 4.1% 4.7% 305,305
January 2018 4.1% 4.8% 311,505
December 2017 4.1% 4.9% 318,122
November 2017 4.1% 4.9% 318,377
October 2017 4.1% 4.9% 319,561