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Rockford, Illinois Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rockford fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 5.9%. 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 December 2009 at 16.0% and is now 10.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Rockford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Illinois 4.2% -0.1 0.0
Rockford 5.9% 0.0 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 January 2010 at 27,238. There are now 17,155 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,454 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,629. Rockford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rockford, Illinois) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Rockford 10,083 +176 +1,079

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rockford, Illinois Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Illinois
Unemployment Rate
Rockford
Unemployment Rate
Rockford
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.0%
July
2019
3.7% 4.2% 5.9% 10,083
June
2019
3.7% 4.3% 5.9% 9,907
May
2019
3.6% 4.4% 6.1% 10,318
April
2019
3.6% 4.4% 6.3% 10,654
March
2019
3.8% 4.4% 6.5% 10,910
February
2019
3.8% 4.3% 6.6% 11,040
January
2019
4.0% 4.3% 6.6% 11,172
December
2018
3.9% 4.3% 5.8% 9,684
November
2018
3.7% 4.3% 5.8% 9,679
October
2018
3.8% 4.2% 5.7% 9,583

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.