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Kankakee, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kankakee fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2019 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Kankakee peaked in December 2009 at 13.6% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kankakee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Illinois 4.2% -0.1 0.0
Kankakee 5.1% -0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Kankakee, Illinois, National

Kankakee, Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Kankakee, Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kankakee peaked in January 2010 at 7,748. There are now 4,903 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Kankakee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kankakee, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Kankakee 2,845 -136 -146

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kankakee, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Kankakee
Unemployment Rate
Kankakee
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.0%
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 5.1% 2,845
June
2019
3.7% 4.3% 5.3% 2,981
May
2019
3.6% 4.4% 5.7% 3,173
April
2019
3.6% 4.4% 5.9% 3,315
March
2019
3.8% 4.4% 5.9% 3,312
February
2019
3.8% 4.3% 5.8% 3,271
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 5.8% 3,252
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 5.6% 3,140
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 5.6% 3,135
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 5.5% 3,102

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.