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Carbondale-Marion, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Carbondale rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Illinois 4.2% +0.1 -0.7
Carbondale 4.8% +0.2 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 3,243 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 617.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Carbondale 2,890 +174 +208

Number of Unemployed Persons

Carbondale, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Carbondale
Unemployment Rate
Carbondale
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.8% 2,890
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.6% 2,716
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 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% 4.4% 4.5% 2,677
March
2018
4.1% 4.6% 4.4% 2,567
February
2018
4.1% 4.7% 3.9% 2,273
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.1% 2,391
December
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.5% 2,633

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.