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Peoria, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Peoria rose 0.3 percentage points in January 2021 to 7.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Peoria peaked in April 2020 at 18.9% and is now 11.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.7% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Peoria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Illinois 7.7% -0.3 +4.2
Peoria 7.2% +0.3 +2.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 29,306. There are now 17,298 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,942 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,066. Peoria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Peoria, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Peoria 12,008 +1,066 +4,298

Number of Unemployed Persons

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.4%
January
2021
6.3% 7.7% 7.2% 12,008
December
2020
6.7% 8.0% 6.9% 10,942
November
2020
6.7% 8.1% 6.9% 11,204
October
2020
6.9% 8.1% 6.7% 11,471
September
2020
7.8% 10.4% 9.4% 15,829
August
2020
8.4% 11.1% 10.4% 17,601
July
2020
10.2% 12.0% 11.0% 17,975
June
2020
11.1% 14.2% 13.9% 23,537
May
2020
13.3% 15.4% 16.5% 26,553
April
2020
14.8% 16.5% 18.9% 29,306

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.