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Peoria, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Peoria fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2021 to 6.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Peoria peaked in April 2020 at 17.6% and is now 10.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Peoria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
Illinois 7.1% 0.0 -9.4
Peoria 6.7% -0.1 -10.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Peoria, Illinois, National

Peoria, Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Peoria, Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Peoria peaked in April 2020 at 28,748. There are now 17,778 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Peoria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Peoria, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Peoria 10,970 -266 -17,778

Number of Unemployed Persons

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 7.1% 6.7% 10,970
March
2021
6.0% 7.1% 6.8% 11,236
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 7.2% 11,982
January
2021
6.3% 7.7% 7.8% 13,165
December
2020
6.7% 8.0% 6.9% 11,665
November
2020
6.7% 8.1% 7.1% 12,046
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 7.1% 12,661
September
2020
7.8% 10.4% 8.0% 13,768
August
2020
8.4% 11.1% 8.8% 15,385
July
2020
10.2% 12.0% 12.0% 20,393
June
2020
11.1% 14.2% 13.4% 23,253

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.