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Peoria, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Peoria fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2019 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Peoria peaked in September 2009 at 11.5% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Peoria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Illinois 4.0% -0.2 -0.2
Peoria 4.6% -0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 September 2009 at 23,074. There are now 14,749 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Peoria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Peoria, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Peoria 8,325 -372 -866

Number of Unemployed Persons

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.9%
August
2019
3.7% 4.0% 4.6% 8,325
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 4.8% 8,697
June
2019
3.7% 4.3% 5.0% 9,060
May
2019
3.6% 4.4% 5.3% 9,547
April
2019
3.6% 4.4% 5.5% 9,943
March
2019
3.8% 4.4% 5.5% 9,932
February
2019
3.8% 4.3% 5.4% 9,779
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 5.4% 9,682
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 5.2% 9,421
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 5.2% 9,407
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 5.2% 9,350

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.