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Peoria, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Peoria rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2021 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Peoria peaked in April 2020 at 17.6% and is now 12.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in September 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Peoria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Illinois 5.7% -0.3 -2.4
Peoria 5.0% +0.1 -2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 28,748. There are now 20,389 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,221 in September 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 138. Peoria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Peoria, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Peoria 8,359 +59 -3,687

Number of Unemployed Persons

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.7% 5.0% 8,359
October
2021
4.6% 6.0% 4.9% 8,300
September
2021
4.7% 6.2% 4.9% 8,221
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 6.1% 10,326
July
2021
5.4% 7.1% 6.0% 10,259
June
2021
5.9% 7.2% 6.4% 10,530
May
2021
5.8% 7.1% 6.5% 10,661
April
2021
6.0% 7.1% 6.7% 10,978
March
2021
6.0% 7.1% 6.8% 11,236
February
2021
6.2% 7.4% 7.2% 11,982
January
2021
6.4% 7.7% 7.8% 13,165

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.