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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Champaign fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.5 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Champaign peaked in April 2020 at 12.2% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Champaign unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Illinois 7.4% -0.3 +3.8
Champaign 4.9% 0.0 +1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 7,564 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,006 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 17. Champaign employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Champaign, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Champaign 6,023 +17 +2,048

Number of Unemployed Persons

Champaign, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 4.9% 6,023
January
2021
6.3% 7.7% 4.9% 6,006
December
2020
6.7% 8.0% 5.0% 6,131
November
2020
6.7% 8.1% 5.0% 6,122
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 4.8% 6,223
September
2020
7.8% 10.4% 6.6% 8,220
August
2020
8.4% 11.1% 7.2% 9,130
July
2020
10.2% 12.0% 7.8% 9,306
June
2020
11.1% 14.2% 10.0% 12,272
May
2020
13.3% 15.4% 10.9% 12,538
April
2020
14.8% 16.5% 12.2% 13,587

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.