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Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2023 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in April 2020 at 13.0% and is now 9.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.4% -0.1 -0.6
Illinois 4.5% -0.1 -0.3
Bloomington 3.5% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2023 data as February 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 11,124. There are now 7,844 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons January 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 3,280 -109 -193

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
February
2023
3.6%
January
2023
3.4% 4.5% 3.5% 3,280
December
2022
3.5% 4.6% 3.6% 3,389
November
2022
3.6% 4.6% 3.7% 3,517
October
2022
3.7% 4.6% 3.7% 3,576
September
2022
3.5% 4.6% 3.8% 3,622
August
2022
3.7% 4.5% 3.9% 3,689
July
2022
3.5% 4.4% 3.9% 3,688
June
2022
3.6% 4.4% 3.9% 3,679
May
2022
3.6% 4.4% 3.9% 3,684
April
2022
3.6% 4.5% 3.7% 3,490
March
2022
3.6% 4.5% 3.5% 3,354

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.