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Carbondale-Marion, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Carbondale fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Carbondale peaked in April 2020 at 18.1% and is now 12.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Carbondale unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Illinois 7.4% -0.3 +3.8
Carbondale 6.0% -0.2 +2.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 April 2020 at 10,292. There are now 6,779 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,272 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 241.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Carbondale 3,513 -118 +1,442

Number of Unemployed Persons

Carbondale, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Carbondale
Unemployment Rate
Carbondale
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 6.0% 3,513
January
2021
6.3% 7.7% 6.2% 3,631
December
2020
6.7% 8.0% 5.6% 3,272
November
2020
6.7% 8.1% 5.7% 3,343
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 5.5% 3,402
September
2020
7.8% 10.4% 7.9% 4,748
August
2020
8.4% 11.1% 8.6% 5,243
July
2020
10.2% 12.0% 9.0% 5,307
June
2020
11.1% 14.2% 12.0% 7,276
May
2020
13.3% 15.4% 15.9% 9,319
April
2020
14.8% 16.5% 18.1% 10,292

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.