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Kankakee, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kankakee fell 0.4 percentage points in February 2018 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Kankakee peaked in December 2009 at 13.5% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kankakee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Illinois 4.7% -0.1 -0.4
Kankakee 4.1% -0.4 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 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 7,793. There are now 5,470 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Kankakee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kankakee, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Kankakee 2,323 -157 -965

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kankakee, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Kankakee
Unemployment Rate
Kankakee
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1% 4.6%
February
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.1% 2,323
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.5% 2,480
December
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.2% 2,876
November
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.3% 2,933
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.3% 2,885
September
2017
4.2% 5.0% 5.2% 2,842
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.4% 2,917
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.5% 2,994
June
2017
4.3% 4.9% 5.6% 3,043
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 5.5% 3,034
April
2017
4.4% 4.9% 5.4% 3,010

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.