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Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.9 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in April 2020 at 14.0% and is now 9.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Illinois 7.4% -0.3 +3.8
Bloomington 4.5% +0.1 +1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 7,727 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,979 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 105.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 4,084 +105 +1,010

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 4.5% 4,084
January
2021
6.3% 7.7% 4.4% 3,979
December
2020
6.7% 8.0% 5.1% 4,645
November
2020
6.7% 8.1% 5.1% 4,630
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 4.9% 4,688
September
2020
7.8% 10.4% 6.8% 6,338
August
2020
8.4% 11.1% 7.4% 6,990
July
2020
10.2% 12.0% 7.9% 7,088
June
2020
11.1% 14.2% 10.3% 9,493
May
2020
13.3% 15.4% 11.7% 10,306
April
2020
14.8% 16.5% 14.0% 11,811

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.