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Decatur, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Decatur fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 6.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Decatur peaked in October 2009 at 12.7% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.4 percentage points. You can also compare Decatur unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Illinois 4.3% 0.0 -0.1
Decatur 6.0% -0.1 +1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Decatur, Illinois, National

Decatur, Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Decatur, Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Decatur peaked in October 2009 at 6,925. There are now 3,939 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,292 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 694. Decatur employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Decatur, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Decatur 2,986 -69 +694

Number of Unemployed Persons

Decatur, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.4%
February
2019
3.8% 4.3% 6.0% 2,986
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 6.1% 3,055
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 6.0% 2,986
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 5.6% 2,800
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 5.4% 2,715
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 5.0% 2,492
August
2018
3.8% 4.2% 5.2% 2,583
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 5.2% 2,627
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 5.4% 2,696
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 5.0% 2,480
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.9% 2,450

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.