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Peoria, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Peoria fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2018 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Peoria peaked in October 2009 at 11.8% and is now 7.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Peoria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Illinois 4.3% -0.1 -0.6
Peoria 4.6% 0.0 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 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 October 2009 at 23,745. There are now 15,421 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,939 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 385. Peoria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Peoria, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Peoria 8,324 +120 -1,237

Number of Unemployed Persons

Peoria, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployment Rate
Peoria
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 4.6% 8,324
April
2018
3.9% 4.4% 4.6% 8,204
March
2018
4.1% 4.6% 4.7% 8,422
February
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.5% 7,939
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.7% 8,142
December
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.8% 8,399
November
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.8% 8,404
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.8% 8,472
September
2017
4.2% 5.0% 5.0% 8,829
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.2% 9,243
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.3% 9,385

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.