Department of Numbers

Illinois Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Illinois rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2022 to 4.7%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Illinois peaked in April 2020 at 17.4% and is now 12.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Illinois unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
Illinois 4.7% +0.1 -0.4

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 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Illinois peaked in April 2020 at 1,108,211. There are now 804,902 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 287,094 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 16,215. Illinois job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Illinois 303,309 +5,207 -21,918

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Illinois from 1990 to November 2022

Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployed
December 2022 3.5%
November 2022 3.6% 4.7% 303,309
October 2022 3.7% 4.6% 298,102
September 2022 3.5% 4.5% 290,538
August 2022 3.7% 4.5% 290,027
July 2022 3.5% 4.4% 287,094
June 2022 3.6% 4.5% 290,477
May 2022 3.6% 4.6% 297,609
April 2022 3.6% 4.6% 296,272
March 2022 3.6% 4.7% 299,073
February 2022 3.8% 4.8% 308,455
January 2022 4.0% 5.0% 317,538