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Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bloomington fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2019 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Bloomington peaked in November 2009 at 8.1% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Bloomington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Illinois 4.2% -0.1 0.0
Bloomington 4.0% -0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 January 2010 at 8,205. There are now 4,389 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Bloomington 3,816 -160 -226

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bloomington, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployment Rate
Bloomington
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.0%
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 4.0% 3,816
June
2019
3.7% 4.3% 4.2% 3,976
May
2019
3.6% 4.4% 4.5% 4,225
April
2019
3.6% 4.4% 4.7% 4,421
March
2019
3.8% 4.4% 4.7% 4,407
February
2019
3.8% 4.3% 4.6% 4,343
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 4.6% 4,338
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.4% 4,210
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 4.4% 4,207
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.4% 4,174

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.