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Rockford, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rockford fell 0.2 percentage points in September 2022 to 7.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.5 percentage points higher than the Illinois rate. The unemployment rate in Rockford peaked in April 2020 at 21.7% and is now 14.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Rockford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Illinois 4.5% 0.0 -1.0
Rockford 7.0% -0.2 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 22,608 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Rockford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rockford, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Rockford 11,263 -424 -1,043

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rockford, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Rockford
Unemployment Rate
Rockford
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.5% 7.0% 11,263
August
2022
3.7% 4.5% 7.2% 11,687
July
2022
3.5% 4.4% 7.4% 11,910
June
2022
3.6% 4.5% 7.6% 12,288
May
2022
3.6% 4.6% 7.8% 12,564
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 7.5% 12,050
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

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.