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Kankakee, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kankakee fell 0.4 percentage points in February 2019 to 5.8%. 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 February 2010 at 13.6% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.7 percentage points. You can also compare Kankakee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Illinois 4.3% 0.0 -0.1
Kankakee 5.8% -0.4 +1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 February 2010 at 7,799. There are now 4,535 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,330 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 934. Kankakee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kankakee, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Kankakee 3,264 -243 +934

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kankakee, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Kankakee
Unemployment Rate
Kankakee
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.4%
February
2019
3.8% 4.3% 5.8% 3,264
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 6.2% 3,507
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 5.6% 3,333
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 5.1% 3,057
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 5.0% 3,013
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.7% 2,799
August
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.8% 2,796
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.8% 2,796
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 4.9% 2,881
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 4.8% 2,787
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.7% 2,714

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.