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Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in October 2009 at 8.1% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Illinois 4.2% +0.1 -0.7
Bloomington 4.2% +0.3 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 February 2010 at 8,266. There are now 4,163 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,158 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 945.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 4,103 +345 +467

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.2% 4,103
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.9% 3,758
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.9% 3,773
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.9% 3,796
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 4.0% 3,877
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.7% 3,606
April
2018
3.9% 4.4% 3.7% 3,579
March
2018
4.1% 4.6% 3.6% 3,486
February
2018
4.1% 4.7% 3.3% 3,158
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 3.6% 3,463
December
2017
4.1% 4.9% 3.8% 3,647

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.