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Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in April 2020 at 13.6% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in March 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Illinois 7.1% -0.1 -4.9
Bloomington 4.8% 0.0 -3.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Bloomington, Illinois, National

Bloomington, Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Bloomington, Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Bloomington peaked in April 2020 at 11,748. There are now 7,444 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,143 in March 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 161.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 4,304 +5 -3,566

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 7.1% 4.8% 4,304
June
2021
5.9% 7.2% 4.8% 4,299
May
2021
5.8% 7.1% 4.7% 4,214
April
2021
6.1% 7.1% 4.7% 4,235
March
2021
6.0% 7.1% 4.6% 4,143
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 4.7% 4,211
January
2021
6.3% 7.7% 5.7% 5,191
December
2020
6.7% 8.0% 5.9% 5,434
November
2020
6.7% 8.1% 5.1% 4,603
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 5.2% 4,987
September
2020
7.8% 10.4% 6.0% 5,617

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.