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Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2018 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in October 2009 at 8.1% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Illinois 4.4% -0.2 -0.5
Bloomington 3.7% +0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 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 February 2010 at 8,266. There are now 4,685 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 423.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 3,581 +95 -564

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 4.3%
April
2018
3.9% 4.4% 3.7% 3,581
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
November
2017
4.1% 4.9% 3.8% 3,661
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 3.8% 3,636
September
2017
4.2% 5.0% 3.8% 3,683
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 3.9% 3,772
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 3.9% 3,775
June
2017
4.3% 4.9% 4.0% 3,803

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.