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Rockford, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rockford rose 0.4 percentage points in October 2018 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Rockford peaked in July 2009 at 16.0% and is now 10.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also compare Rockford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Illinois 4.2% +0.1 -0.7
Rockford 5.3% +0.4 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 18,575 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 1,916. Rockford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rockford, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Rockford 8,897 +756 +569

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rockford, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Rockford
Unemployment Rate
Rockford
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.2% 5.3% 8,897
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.9% 8,141
August
2018
3.9% 4.1% 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% 4.4% 4.7% 7,838
March
2018
4.1% 4.6% 4.5% 7,488
February
2018
4.1% 4.7% 4.2% 6,981
January
2018
4.1% 4.8% 4.4% 7,212
December
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.9% 8,057

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.