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Carbondale-Marion, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Carbondale fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2021 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Carbondale peaked in April 2020 at 18.1% and is now 13.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Carbondale unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Illinois 5.7% -0.3 -2.4
Carbondale 4.4% -0.1 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 10,196. There are now 7,623 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,569 in September 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Carbondale 2,573 -12 -672

Number of Unemployed Persons

Carbondale, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Carbondale
Unemployment Rate
Carbondale
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.7% 4.4% 2,573
October
2021
4.6% 6.0% 4.5% 2,585
September
2021
4.7% 6.2% 4.5% 2,569
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 5.6% 3,266
July
2021
5.4% 7.1% 5.6% 3,238
June
2021
5.9% 7.2% 5.7% 3,279
May
2021
5.8% 7.1% 5.7% 3,261
April
2021
6.0% 7.1% 5.8% 3,309
March
2021
6.0% 7.1% 5.7% 3,289
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 5.9% 3,376
January
2021
6.4% 7.7% 6.1% 3,542

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.