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Decatur, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Decatur rose 0.4 percentage points in October 2018 to 5.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Decatur peaked in October 2009 at 12.7% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Decatur unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Illinois 4.2% +0.1 -0.7
Decatur 5.4% +0.4 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 4,211 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 422. Decatur employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Decatur, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Decatur 2,714 +222 +203

Number of Unemployed Persons

Decatur, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.2% 5.4% 2,714
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 5.0% 2,492
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 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% 4.4% 4.9% 2,450
March
2018
4.1% 4.6% 5.0% 2,477
February
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.6% 2,292
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.8% 2,358
December
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.1% 2,490

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.