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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Champaign fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Champaign peaked in November 2009 at 9.2% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Champaign unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Illinois 4.0% -0.2 -0.2
Champaign 3.9% -0.2 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 January 2010 at 11,286. There are now 6,634 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Champaign employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Champaign, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Champaign 4,652 -302 -701

Number of Unemployed Persons

Champaign, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.9%
August
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.9% 4,652
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 4.1% 4,954
June
2019
3.7% 4.3% 4.3% 5,188
May
2019
3.6% 4.4% 4.6% 5,523
April
2019
3.6% 4.4% 4.8% 5,726
March
2019
3.8% 4.4% 4.7% 5,665
February
2019
3.8% 4.3% 4.6% 5,578
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 4.6% 5,569
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.5% 5,442
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 4.5% 5,437
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.5% 5,411

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.