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Peoria, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Peoria rose 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Peoria peaked in April 2020 at 16.6% and is now 11.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Peoria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Illinois 4.6% -0.1 -2.0
Peoria 5.1% +0.2 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 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 May 2020 at 27,159. There are now 18,539 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,354 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 266. Peoria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Peoria, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Peoria 8,620 +266 -2,380

Number of Unemployed Persons

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 5.1% 8,620
March
2022
3.6% 4.7% 4.9% 8,354
February
2022
3.8% 4.8% 5.0% 8,443
January
2022
4.0% 5.0% 5.0% 8,526
December
2021
3.9% 5.1% 5.2% 8,703
November
2021
4.2% 5.1% 5.1% 8,689
October
2021
4.6% 5.3% 5.2% 8,777
September
2021
4.7% 5.5% 5.4% 9,132
August
2021
5.2% 6.0% 5.7% 9,584
July
2021
5.4% 6.2% 5.9% 10,039
June
2021
5.9% 6.5% 6.2% 10,421

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.