Illinois unemployment rate

Illinois officials say the state's unemployment rate in November remained at 5.6 percent.  

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday that nonfarm payrolls increased by 1,700 jobs last month. That's based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and IDES.

October figures were revised to show a growth in 3,400 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of 2,200.

Total jobs remain below the national average and Illinois is about 30,000 jobs short of its peak employment rate of September 2000.

State officials say the unemployment rate in Illinois held steady at 5.5% in September, and the number of jobs in the state grew.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security, in its monthly unemployment report, says that the state added 7,400 jobs since August and has added 43,400 jobs since September 2015.

The unemployment rate dropped across Illinois in May to 6.4%, but state officials attributed the drop to a decrease in the size of the state's workforce.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment fell from 6.6% in April. It was the first decline in the jobless rate in seven months.

February Sees Unemployment Rate Increases

Mar 31, 2016

 The Peoria Metropolitan Area unemployment rate for February was 8.4 percent. It’s a 1.4 percent increase over February last year and the largest year to year monthly unemployment increase in the state.


The rates in the Decatur (8.2 percent) and Danville (8.4 percent) metro areas were higher. Kankakee’s jobless rate match’s Peoria’s.


The statewide unemployment rate was 7 percent for the month, a half percent increase from February of last year.


The Department of Employment Security says Illinois' unemployment rate rose again in January, reaching 6.3%. 

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the statewide unemployment rate fell in September but the state lost jobs.

  CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois' unemployment rate held steady again in May as the state added temporary and government jobs but lost manufacturing positions. The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Thursday that the May unemployment rate was 6 percent. That's the same level as it was in April and just higher than the 5.5 percent May national rate. According to the department, professional and business services firms added a net 6,900 jobs in May. Many of those companies provide temporary workers.

State officials say unemployment dropped in March in each of Illinois' metropolitan areas for the 13th consecutive month.

  The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment fell in every Illinois metro area in February. It was the 12th straight month of across-the-board improvement.The department says in its monthly report that while nine of the 14 tracked areas added jobs in February, the Peoria, Bloomington, Carbondale-Marion and Quad Cities areas all lost jobs.However, the Bloomington area still posted the lowest unemployment rate in the state last month at 5 percent.

Illinois unemployment rate dropped in January

Mar 12, 2015

 The state unemployment rate dropped slightly in January compared to the month before. The Department of Employment Security says the jobless rate decreased two-percent from the same time last year.  Leisure and hospitality saw the biggest gains in January, followed by educational and health services. 

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate fell in November to its lowest level since June 2008, hitting 6.4 percent.