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Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chicago fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2018 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Chicago peaked in January 2010 at 11.4% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Chicago unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Illinois 4.7% -0.1 -0.4
Chicago 4.7% -0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 March 2010 at 557,476. There are now 325,584 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 208,187 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 23,705. Chicago employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chicago, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Chicago 231,892 -4,604 -10,780

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chicago, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.7% 231,892
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.8% 236,496
December
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.0% 244,885
November
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.2% 252,398
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.2% 252,143
September
2017
4.2% 5.0% 5.1% 249,100
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.0% 245,273
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 4.4% 215,083
June
2017
4.3% 4.9% 4.4% 214,467
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 4.3% 208,187
April
2017
4.4% 4.9% 4.3% 209,837

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.