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Decatur, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Decatur fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2019 to 5.1%. 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 November 2009 at 12.6% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in September 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Decatur 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
Decatur 5.1% 0.0 -0.7
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: 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 January 2010 at 6,851. There are now 4,296 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Decatur employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Decatur, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Decatur 2,555 -27 -313

Number of Unemployed Persons

Decatur, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployed
November
2019
3.5%
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 5.1% 2,555
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 5.1% 2,582
August
2019
3.7% 4.0% 5.2% 2,616
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 5.4% 2,722
June
2019
3.7% 4.3% 5.6% 2,803
May
2019
3.6% 4.4% 5.9% 2,928
April
2019
3.6% 4.4% 6.1% 3,031
March
2019
3.8% 4.4% 6.0% 3,006
February
2019
3.8% 4.3% 6.0% 2,966
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 5.9% 2,946
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 5.8% 2,890

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.