Department of Numbers

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Peoria fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 5.0%. 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 11.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Peoria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Illinois 4.5% 0.0 -1.0
Peoria 5.0% -0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 18,636 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 169. Peoria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Peoria, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Peoria 8,523 -201 -609

Number of Unemployed Persons

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.5% 5.0% 8,523
August
2022
3.7% 4.5% 5.1% 8,724
July
2022
3.5% 4.4% 5.2% 8,850
June
2022
3.6% 4.5% 5.3% 8,922
May
2022
3.6% 4.6% 5.3% 9,015
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 5.1% 8,619
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

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.