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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Champaign fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2021 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Champaign peaked in April 2020 at 11.8% and is now 8.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in September 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Champaign 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
Champaign 3.8% 0.0 -1.2
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: 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 13,507. There are now 8,871 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,549 in September 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 87. Champaign employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Champaign, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Champaign 4,636 -7 -1,500

Number of Unemployed Persons

Champaign, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.7% 3.8% 4,636
October
2021
4.6% 6.0% 3.8% 4,643
September
2021
4.7% 6.2% 3.7% 4,549
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 4.8% 5,915
July
2021
5.4% 7.1% 4.7% 5,691
June
2021
5.9% 7.2% 4.6% 5,568
May
2021
5.8% 7.1% 4.4% 5,324
April
2021
6.0% 7.1% 5.0% 6,025
March
2021
6.0% 7.1% 4.9% 5,902
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 4.9% 5,985
January
2021
6.4% 7.7% 5.7% 7,050

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.