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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Champaign fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2018 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Champaign peaked in October 2009 at 9.2% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Champaign unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Illinois 4.7% -0.1 -0.4
Champaign 3.5% -0.3 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Champaign, Illinois, National

Champaign, Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Champaign, Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Champaign peaked in February 2010 at 11,301. There are now 7,113 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Champaign employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Champaign, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Champaign 4,188 -309 -1,713

Number of Unemployed Persons

Champaign, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.7% 3.5% 4,188
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 3.8% 4,497
December
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.2% 4,889
November
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.4% 5,113
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.2% 4,965
September
2017
4.2% 5.0% 4.0% 4,731
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.2% 4,959
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.3% 5,110
June
2017
4.3% 4.9% 4.4% 5,225
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 4.5% 5,329
April
2017
4.4% 4.9% 4.5% 5,444

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.