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Decatur, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Decatur fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 8.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Decatur peaked in April 2020 at 17.0% and is now 8.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.1% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Decatur unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Illinois 7.4% -0.3 +3.8
Decatur 8.3% -0.1 +3.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 7,321. There are now 3,464 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,826 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 31. Decatur employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Decatur, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Decatur 3,857 -67 +1,564

Number of Unemployed Persons

Decatur, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 8.3% 3,857
January
2021
6.3% 7.7% 8.4% 3,924
December
2020
6.7% 8.0% 8.2% 3,826
November
2020
6.7% 8.1% 8.3% 3,922
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 8.1% 4,023
September
2020
7.8% 10.4% 11.1% 5,454
August
2020
8.4% 11.1% 11.4% 5,593
July
2020
10.2% 12.0% 12.3% 5,685
June
2020
11.1% 14.2% 14.8% 7,099
May
2020
13.3% 15.4% 16.0% 7,228
April
2020
14.8% 16.5% 17.0% 7,321

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.