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Rockford, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rockford fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2018 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Rockford peaked in July 2009 at 16.0% and is now 12.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Rockford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Illinois 4.7% -0.1 -0.4
Rockford 4.0% -0.2 -4.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 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 20,844 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Rockford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rockford, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Rockford 6,628 -199 -8,063

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rockford, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Rockford
Unemployment Rate
Rockford
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.0% 6,628
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.2% 6,827
December
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.2% 8,584
November
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.5% 8,934
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.4% 8,830
September
2017
4.2% 5.0% 5.5% 8,874
August
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.7% 9,299
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.8% 9,524
June
2017
4.3% 4.9% 6.3% 10,437
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 7.0% 11,643
April
2017
4.4% 4.9% 7.6% 12,772

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.