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Kankakee, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kankakee fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2021 to 7.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Kankakee peaked in April 2020 at 16.9% and is now 9.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.8% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Kankakee 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
Kankakee 7.1% -0.3 +2.6
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: 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 April 2020 at 8,856. There are now 5,182 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,636 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 38. Kankakee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kankakee, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Kankakee 3,674 -147 +1,150

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kankakee, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Kankakee
Unemployment Rate
Kankakee
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 7.1% 3,674
January
2021
6.3% 7.7% 7.4% 3,821
December
2020
6.7% 8.0% 6.8% 3,636
November
2020
6.7% 8.1% 6.9% 3,805
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 6.8% 3,952
September
2020
7.8% 10.4% 9.3% 5,318
August
2020
8.4% 11.1% 9.6% 5,485
July
2020
10.2% 12.0% 10.1% 5,573
June
2020
11.1% 14.2% 12.6% 7,117
May
2020
13.3% 15.4% 14.7% 7,921
April
2020
14.8% 16.5% 16.9% 8,856

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.