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Decatur, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Decatur fell 0.4 percentage points in July 2021 to 7.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Decatur peaked in April 2020 at 16.2% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Decatur unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Illinois 7.1% -0.1 -4.9
Decatur 7.7% -0.4 -5.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 7,278. There are now 3,663 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 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Decatur 3,615 -105 -2,597

Number of Unemployed Persons

Decatur, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployment Rate
Decatur
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 7.1% 7.7% 3,615
June
2021
5.9% 7.2% 8.1% 3,720
May
2021
5.8% 7.1% 8.3% 3,808
April
2021
6.1% 7.1% 8.5% 3,939
March
2021
6.0% 7.1% 8.6% 3,987
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 8.9% 4,105
January
2021
6.3% 7.7% 9.2% 4,297
December
2020
6.7% 8.0% 9.4% 4,361
November
2020
6.7% 8.1% 9.4% 4,342
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 8.9% 4,375
September
2020
7.8% 10.4% 9.6% 4,553

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.