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Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chicago fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2020 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Chicago peaked in January 2010 at 11.4% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Chicago unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Illinois 3.5% -0.2 -0.9
Chicago 3.6% -0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2020 data as February metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Chicago, Illinois, National

Chicago, Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Chicago, Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Chicago peaked in February 2010 at 556,209. There are now 381,804 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Chicago employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chicago, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Chicago 174,405 -5,215 -23,718

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chicago, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployed
February
2020
3.5%
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.6% 174,405
December
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.7% 179,620
November
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.7% 183,031
October
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.7% 183,141
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.7% 181,869
August
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.7% 182,625
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.8% 185,824
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.8% 187,931
May
2019
3.6% 4.1% 3.9% 192,943
April
2019
3.6% 4.2% 4.0% 196,256
March
2019
3.8% 4.3% 4.0% 196,841

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.