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Kankakee, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Kankakee fell 2.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 14.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Kankakee peaked in April 2020 at 16.9% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Kankakee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Illinois 15.3% -1.9 +11.2
Kankakee 14.5% -2.4 +9.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 985 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Kankakee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Kankakee, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Kankakee 7,871 -985 +5,158

Number of Unemployed Persons

Kankakee, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Kankakee
Unemployment Rate
Kankakee
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 14.6%
May
2020
13.3% 15.3% 14.5% 7,871
April
2020
14.7% 17.2% 16.9% 8,856
March
2020
4.4% 4.2% 4.4% 2,330
February
2020
3.5% 3.4% 4.5% 2,524
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 4.8% 2,683
December
2019
3.5% 3.7% 5.0% 2,850
November
2019
3.5% 3.7% 4.9% 2,787
October
2019
3.6% 3.7% 4.8% 2,721
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 4.7% 2,658
August
2019
3.7% 3.8% 4.6% 2,608

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.