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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Champaign rose 0.3 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Champaign peaked in October 2009 at 9.2% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Champaign 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
Champaign 4.3% +0.3 +0.4
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: 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 11,279. There are now 5,936 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,184 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,159. Champaign employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Champaign, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Champaign 5,343 +440 +648

Number of Unemployed Persons

Champaign, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.3% 5,343
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.0% 4,903
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.0% 4,914
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.0% 4,928
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 4.2% 5,118
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 4.0% 4,926
April
2018
3.9% 4.4% 3.9% 4,751
March
2018
4.1% 4.6% 3.8% 4,557
February
2018
4.1% 4.7% 3.5% 4,184
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 3.7% 4,462
December
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.0% 4,712

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.