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Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chicago fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Chicago peaked in April 2020 at 18.2% and is now 13.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Chicago unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Illinois 4.6% -0.1 -2.0
Chicago 4.4% -0.1 -2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 April 2020 at 892,043. There are now 675,832 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Chicago employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chicago, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Chicago 216,211 -4,163 -108,535

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chicago, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 4.4% 216,211
March
2022
3.6% 4.7% 4.5% 220,374
February
2022
3.8% 4.8% 4.6% 225,626
January
2022
4.0% 5.0% 4.8% 233,423
December
2021
3.9% 5.1% 5.0% 244,391
November
2021
4.2% 5.1% 5.0% 244,259
October
2021
4.6% 5.3% 5.1% 248,445
September
2021
4.7% 5.5% 5.5% 265,392
August
2021
5.2% 6.0% 6.0% 289,325
July
2021
5.4% 6.2% 6.6% 316,600
June
2021
5.9% 6.5% 7.1% 342,977

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.