Department of Numbers

Illinois Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Illinois fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2019 to 4.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 7.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Illinois unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Illinois 4.0% -0.2 -0.2

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 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Illinois peaked in January 2010 at 750,201. There are now 487,727 fewer people unemployed in the state. Illinois job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Illinois 262,474 -10,102 -11,047

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Illinois from 1990 to August 2019

Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployed
September 2019 3.5%
August 2019 3.7% 4.0% 262,474
July 2019 3.7% 4.2% 272,576
June 2019 3.7% 4.3% 277,421
May 2019 3.6% 4.4% 285,116
April 2019 3.6% 4.4% 286,666
March 2019 3.8% 4.4% 284,395
February 2019 3.8% 4.3% 281,299
January 2019 4.0% 4.3% 280,474
December 2018 3.9% 4.3% 276,474
November 2018 3.7% 4.3% 275,931
October 2018 3.8% 4.2% 274,651