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Carbondale-Marion, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Carbondale fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2019 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Carbondale peaked in January 2010 at 9.8% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Carbondale unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Illinois 4.0% -0.2 -0.2
Carbondale 4.1% -0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Carbondale, Illinois, National

Carbondale, Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Carbondale, Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Carbondale peaked in January 2010 at 6,066. There are now 3,609 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Carbondale 2,457 -138 -491

Number of Unemployed Persons

Carbondale, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Carbondale
Unemployment Rate
Carbondale
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.9%
August
2019
3.7% 4.0% 4.1% 2,457
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 4.3% 2,595
June
2019
3.7% 4.3% 4.5% 2,720
May
2019
3.6% 4.4% 4.8% 2,887
April
2019
3.6% 4.4% 5.0% 3,011
March
2019
3.8% 4.4% 5.0% 3,017
February
2019
3.8% 4.3% 5.0% 3,003
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 5.0% 3,038
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 5.0% 3,006
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 5.0% 3,003
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 5.0% 2,987

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.