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Rockford, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rockford rose 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 7.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.9 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Rockford peaked in April 2020 at 21.7% and is now 14.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.3% in January 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Rockford 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
Rockford 7.5% +0.2 -2.0
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: Rockford, Illinois, National

Rockford, Illinois monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Rockford, Illinois Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Rockford peaked in April 2020 at 33,871. There are now 21,818 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,648 in February 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 405. Rockford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rockford, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Rockford 12,053 +258 -3,019

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rockford, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Rockford
Unemployment Rate
Rockford
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 7.5% 12,053
March
2022
3.6% 4.7% 7.3% 11,795
February
2022
3.8% 4.8% 7.3% 11,648
January
2022
4.0% 5.0% 7.3% 11,758
December
2021
3.9% 5.1% 7.4% 11,817
November
2021
4.2% 5.1% 7.4% 11,779
October
2021
4.6% 5.3% 7.6% 11,865
September
2021
4.7% 5.5% 7.9% 12,306
August
2021
5.2% 6.0% 8.2% 12,876
July
2021
5.4% 6.2% 8.6% 13,485
June
2021
5.9% 6.5% 8.9% 14,042

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.