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Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chicago rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 4.6%. 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 April 2020 at 18.2% and is now 13.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in April 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Chicago 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
Chicago 4.6% +0.1 -0.9
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: 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 666,779 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 214,728 in June 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 10,536. Chicago employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chicago, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Chicago 225,264 +4,410 -40,128

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chicago, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.5% 4.6% 225,264
August
2022
3.7% 4.5% 4.5% 220,854
July
2022
3.5% 4.4% 4.4% 215,832
June
2022
3.6% 4.5% 4.4% 214,728
May
2022
3.6% 4.6% 4.4% 215,849
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 4.4% 216,183
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

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.