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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Champaign fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Champaign peaked in April 2020 at 11.4% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in February 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Champaign unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Illinois 4.5% 0.0 -1.0
Champaign 4.0% -0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 12,741. There are now 7,778 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,652 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 311. Champaign employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Champaign, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Champaign 4,963 -109 -320

Number of Unemployed Persons

Champaign, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployment Rate
Champaign
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.5% 4.0% 4,963
August
2022
3.7% 4.5% 4.1% 5,072
July
2022
3.5% 4.4% 4.1% 5,087
June
2022
3.6% 4.5% 4.1% 5,102
May
2022
3.6% 4.6% 4.1% 5,117
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 3.9% 4,854
March
2022
3.6% 4.7% 3.8% 4,652
February
2022
3.8% 4.8% 3.8% 4,682
January
2022
4.0% 5.0% 3.9% 4,786
December
2021
3.9% 5.1% 4.0% 4,947
November
2021
4.2% 5.1% 4.0% 4,941

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.