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Carbondale-Marion, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Carbondale fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Carbondale peaked in February 2010 at 9.9% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Carbondale unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Illinois 4.3% 0.0 -0.1
Carbondale 4.8% -0.3 +0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 February 2010 at 6,133. There are now 3,258 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,273 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 602.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Carbondale 2,875 -210 +602

Number of Unemployed Persons

Carbondale, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Carbondale
Unemployment Rate
Carbondale
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.4%
February
2019
3.8% 4.3% 4.8% 2,875
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 5.1% 3,085
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 5.2% 3,076
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 4.9% 2,906
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.8% 2,892
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.6% 2,716
August
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.6% 2,727
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.5% 2,702
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 4.8% 2,836
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 4.6% 2,745
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.5% 2,677

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.