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Kankakee, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kankakee fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2021 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Kankakee peaked in April 2020 at 16.5% and is now 11.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in September 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Kankakee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Illinois 5.7% -0.3 -2.4
Kankakee 5.3% -0.1 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 8,589. There are now 5,729 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,800 in September 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 60. Kankakee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kankakee, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Kankakee 2,860 +7 -916

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kankakee, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Kankakee
Unemployment Rate
Kankakee
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.7% 5.3% 2,860
October
2021
4.6% 6.0% 5.4% 2,853
September
2021
4.7% 6.2% 5.3% 2,800
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 6.6% 3,516
July
2021
5.4% 7.1% 6.6% 3,472
June
2021
5.9% 7.2% 6.6% 3,500
May
2021
5.8% 7.1% 6.7% 3,450
April
2021
6.0% 7.1% 6.7% 3,470
March
2021
6.0% 7.1% 6.6% 3,413
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 6.6% 3,441
January
2021
6.4% 7.7% 6.7% 3,541

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.