Department of Numbers

Illinois Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Illinois fell 0.1 percentage points in March 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. You can also see Illinois unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -2.4
Illinois 4.7% -0.1 -2.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Illinois, National

Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 808,957 fewer people unemployed in the state. Illinois job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Illinois 299,254 -9,201 -124,467

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployed
April 2022 3.6%
March 2022 3.6% 4.7% 299,254
February 2022 3.8% 4.8% 308,455
January 2022 4.0% 5.0% 317,538
December 2021 3.9% 5.1% 324,510
November 2021 4.2% 5.1% 325,227
October 2021 4.6% 5.3% 334,540
September 2021 4.7% 5.5% 351,182
August 2021 5.2% 6.0% 376,765
July 2021 5.4% 6.2% 394,075
June 2021 5.9% 6.5% 408,124
May 2021 5.8% 6.5% 408,522