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Peoria, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Peoria fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Peoria peaked in October 2009 at 11.8% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.0 percentage points. You can also compare Peoria 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
Peoria 5.5% -0.2 +1.0
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: 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 October 2009 at 23,745. There are now 13,798 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,939 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,008. Peoria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Peoria, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Peoria 9,947 -323 +2,008

Number of Unemployed Persons

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.4%
February
2019
3.8% 4.3% 5.5% 9,947
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 5.7% 10,270
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 5.5% 9,713
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 5.0% 8,960
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.9% 8,855
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.7% 8,337
August
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.8% 8,551
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.8% 8,536
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 5.0% 8,881
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 4.6% 8,320
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.6% 8,204

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.