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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Champaign rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Champaign peaked in April 2020 at 11.4% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in February 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Champaign unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Illinois 4.6% -0.1 -2.0
Champaign 3.9% +0.1 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 April 2020 at 12,741. There are now 7,885 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,652 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 204. Champaign employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Champaign, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Champaign 4,856 +204 -1,574

Number of Unemployed Persons

Champaign, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 3.9% 4,856
March
2022
3.6% 4.7% 3.8% 4,652
February
2022
3.8% 4.8% 3.8% 4,682
January
2022
4.0% 5.0% 3.9% 4,786
December
2021
3.9% 5.1% 4.0% 4,947
November
2021
4.2% 5.1% 4.0% 4,941
October
2021
4.6% 5.3% 4.1% 5,010
September
2021
4.7% 5.5% 4.3% 5,283
August
2021
5.2% 6.0% 4.6% 5,619
July
2021
5.4% 6.2% 4.8% 5,940
June
2021
5.9% 6.5% 5.0% 6,178

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.