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Decatur, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Decatur rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2019 to 6.1%. 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 November 2009 at 12.6% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in November 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Decatur unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -0.3
Illinois 4.4% 0.0 +0.1
Decatur 6.1% +0.1 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2019 data as May 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 3,820 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,661 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 370. Decatur employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Decatur, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Decatur 3,031 +25 +289

Number of Unemployed Persons

Decatur, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployed
May
2019
3.6%
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
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 5.8% 2,887
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 5.8% 2,868
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 5.7% 2,834
August
2018
3.8% 4.2% 5.6% 2,805
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 5.6% 2,788
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 5.5% 2,778

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.