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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Champaign rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.0%. 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 12.2% and is now 7.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Champaign unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Illinois 6.9% -0.5 +3.2
Champaign 5.0% +0.2 +1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 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 13,587. There are now 7,494 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Champaign employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Champaign, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Champaign 6,093 -130 +1,810

Number of Unemployed Persons

Champaign, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 6.9% 5.0% 6,093
October
2020
6.9% 7.4% 4.8% 6,223
September
2020
7.8% 10.4% 6.6% 8,220
August
2020
8.4% 11.0% 7.2% 9,130
July
2020
10.2% 11.5% 7.8% 9,306
June
2020
11.1% 14.5% 10.0% 12,272
May
2020
13.3% 15.3% 10.9% 12,538
April
2020
14.8% 17.2% 12.2% 13,587
March
2020
4.4% 4.2% 3.1% 3,686
February
2020
3.5% 3.4% 3.2% 3,975
January
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.3% 4,139

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.