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Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington fell 2.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 11.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.6 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in April 2020 at 14.0% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Illinois 15.2% -2.0 +11.1
Bloomington 11.6% -2.4 +7.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 1,643 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 10,168 -1,643 +6,495

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 15.2% 11.6% 10,168
April
2020
14.7% 17.2% 14.0% 11,811
March
2020
4.4% 4.2% 3.2% 2,833
February
2020
3.5% 3.4% 3.2% 3,074
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.4% 3,222
December
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.5% 3,310
November
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.5% 3,351
October
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.5% 3,390
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.6% 3,425
August
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.6% 3,451
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.6% 3,487

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.