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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Champaign rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.4 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Champaign peaked in April 2020 at 11.8% and is now 7.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in May 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Champaign unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Illinois 7.1% -0.1 -4.9
Champaign 4.7% +0.1 -3.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 7,814 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,324 in May 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 369. Champaign employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Champaign, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Champaign 5,693 +125 -4,329

Number of Unemployed Persons

Champaign, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 7.1% 4.7% 5,693
June
2021
5.9% 7.2% 4.6% 5,568
May
2021
5.8% 7.1% 4.4% 5,324
April
2021
6.1% 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
6.3% 7.7% 5.7% 7,050
December
2020
6.7% 8.0% 5.9% 7,292
November
2020
6.7% 8.1% 5.0% 6,136
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 5.1% 6,595
September
2020
7.8% 10.4% 5.9% 7,363

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.