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Peoria, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Peoria fell 2.6 percentage points in May 2020 to 16.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Peoria peaked in April 2020 at 18.9% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Peoria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Illinois 15.3% -1.9 +11.2
Peoria 16.3% -2.6 +11.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 3,165 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Peoria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Peoria, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Peoria 26,141 -3,165 +18,007

Number of Unemployed Persons

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 14.6%
May
2020
13.3% 15.3% 16.3% 26,141
April
2020
14.7% 17.2% 18.9% 29,306
March
2020
4.4% 4.2% 4.3% 6,906
February
2020
3.5% 3.4% 4.3% 7,396
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 4.4% 7,710
December
2019
3.5% 3.7% 4.5% 7,756
November
2019
3.5% 3.7% 4.5% 7,811
October
2019
3.6% 3.7% 4.5% 7,863
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 4.5% 7,906
August
2019
3.7% 3.8% 4.5% 7,916
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 4.5% 7,913

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.