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Kankakee, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kankakee fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2022 to 5.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Kankakee peaked in April 2020 at 15.9% and is now 10.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in February 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Kankakee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -1.9
Illinois 4.4% -0.1 -1.8
Kankakee 5.9% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2022 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 April 2020 at 8,081. There are now 4,959 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,858 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 264. Kankakee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kankakee, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Kankakee 3,122 -9 -337

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kankakee, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Kankakee
Unemployment Rate
Kankakee
Unemployed
August
2022
3.7%
July
2022
3.5% 4.4% 5.9% 3,122
June
2022
3.6% 4.5% 6.0% 3,131
May
2022
3.6% 4.6% 6.0% 3,134
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 5.7% 2,974
March
2022
3.6% 4.7% 5.5% 2,858
February
2022
3.8% 4.8% 5.5% 2,895
January
2022
4.0% 5.0% 5.7% 2,946
December
2021
3.9% 5.1% 5.8% 3,021
November
2021
4.2% 5.1% 5.8% 3,009
October
2021
4.6% 5.3% 5.8% 3,036
September
2021
4.7% 5.5% 6.1% 3,166

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.