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Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chicago fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2019 to 3.7%. 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 January 2010 at 11.4% and is now 7.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in August 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Chicago unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.2
Illinois 3.9% 0.0 -0.3
Chicago 3.7% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2019 data as November 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 373,075 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 181,869 in September 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,265. Chicago employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chicago, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Chicago 183,134 +1,265 -10,445

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chicago, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployment Rate
Chicago
Unemployed
November
2019
3.5%
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 3.7% 183,134
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.7% 181,869
August
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.7% 182,625
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.8% 185,824
June
2019
3.7% 4.3% 3.8% 187,931
May
2019
3.6% 4.4% 3.9% 192,943
April
2019
3.6% 4.4% 4.0% 196,256
March
2019
3.8% 4.4% 4.0% 196,841
February
2019
3.8% 4.3% 4.0% 197,188
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 4.1% 198,123
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.0% 194,679

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.