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Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington rose 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in April 2020 at 13.0% and is now 9.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Illinois 4.6% -0.1 -2.0
Bloomington 3.7% +0.2 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 7,634 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,354 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 136.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 3,490 +136 -1,148

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 3.7% 3,490
March
2022
3.6% 4.7% 3.5% 3,354
February
2022
3.8% 4.8% 3.6% 3,386
January
2022
4.0% 5.0% 3.7% 3,473
December
2021
3.9% 5.1% 3.8% 3,581
November
2021
4.2% 5.1% 3.8% 3,576
October
2021
4.6% 5.3% 3.9% 3,624
September
2021
4.7% 5.5% 4.1% 3,817
August
2021
5.2% 6.0% 4.3% 4,060
July
2021
5.4% 6.2% 4.6% 4,292
June
2021
5.9% 6.5% 4.8% 4,458

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.