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Decatur, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Decatur fell 2.8 percentage points in July 2020 to 12.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Decatur peaked in April 2020 at 17.0% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Decatur unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 10.2% -0.9 +6.5
Illinois 11.5% -3.0 +7.6
Decatur 12.0% -2.8 +6.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2020 data as August 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 April 2020 at 7,321. There are now 1,759 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Decatur employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Decatur, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Decatur 5,562 -1,537 +3,059

Number of Unemployed Persons

Decatur, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployed
August
2020
8.4% 11.0%
July
2020
10.2% 11.5% 12.0% 5,562
June
2020
11.1% 14.5% 14.8% 7,099
May
2020
13.3% 15.3% 16.0% 7,228
April
2020
14.7% 17.2% 17.0% 7,321
March
2020
4.4% 4.2% 4.7% 2,164
February
2020
3.5% 3.4% 4.8% 2,293
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 5.0% 2,407
December
2019
3.5% 3.7% 5.1% 2,447
November
2019
3.5% 3.7% 5.1% 2,467
October
2019
3.6% 3.7% 5.1% 2,484
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 5.1% 2,499

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.