Department of Numbers

Illinois Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Illinois fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2019 to 4.3%. 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 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Illinois unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
Illinois 4.3% 0.0 -0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Illinois, National

Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 469,669 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 273,521 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,011. Illinois job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Illinois 280,532 +4,058 -7,632

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8%
January 2019 4.0% 4.3% 280,532
December 2018 3.9% 4.3% 276,474
November 2018 3.7% 4.3% 275,931
October 2018 3.8% 4.2% 274,651
September 2018 3.7% 4.2% 273,598
August 2018 3.8% 4.2% 273,521
July 2018 3.9% 4.2% 274,368
June 2018 4.0% 4.3% 275,975
May 2018 3.8% 4.3% 277,635
April 2018 3.9% 4.3% 279,073
March 2018 4.0% 4.3% 280,851