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Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in April 2020 at 14.0% and is now 9.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Illinois 6.9% -0.5 +3.2
Bloomington 5.0% +0.1 +1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 11,811. There are now 7,197 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 4,614 -74 +1,263

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 6.9% 5.0% 4,614
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 4.9% 4,688
September
2020
7.8% 10.4% 6.8% 6,338
August
2020
8.4% 11.0% 7.4% 6,990
July
2020
10.2% 11.5% 7.9% 7,088
June
2020
11.1% 14.5% 10.3% 9,493
May
2020
13.3% 15.3% 11.7% 10,306
April
2020
14.8% 17.2% 14.0% 11,811
March
2020
4.4% 4.2% 3.2% 2,833
February
2020
3.5% 3.4% 3.2% 3,074
January
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.4% 3,222

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.