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Rockford, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rockford fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 6.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Rockford peaked in July 2009 at 16.0% and is now 10.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.8 percentage points. You can also compare Rockford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Illinois 4.3% 0.0 -0.1
Rockford 6.0% -0.2 +1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 July 2009 at 27,472. There are now 17,377 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,981 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,114. Rockford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rockford, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Rockford 10,095 -362 +3,114

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rockford, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Rockford
Unemployment Rate
Rockford
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.4%
February
2019
3.8% 4.3% 6.0% 10,095
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 6.2% 10,457
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 6.9% 11,647
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 8.3% 14,236
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 5.3% 8,895
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.9% 8,141
August
2018
3.8% 4.2% 5.1% 8,363
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.9% 8,130
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 5.2% 8,728
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 4.9% 8,168
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.7% 7,838

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.