Illinois Monthly Employment Statistics

  • 6,223,764 employed workers
  • 272,590 unemployed workers
  • 4.2% unemployment rate

Workforce Data

The total employment for Illinois is 6,186,000, which is -400 less than last month, a decrease of 0.01%. The total employment a year ago was 6,123,300, which is 62,700 lower than today. Employment has increased by 1.02% in the last year. Last months' employment total was revised from 6,186,400 to 6,190,200. This revision is a change of 0.06% from the preliminary numbers.

The Trade, Transport and Utilities sectors are the leading employers in Illinois. There are 1,224,100 employees in the sector. Last month the sector had 1,223,800 employees last month, an increase of 300 (0.02%). Last year the sector had 1,216,400 employees last year, an increase of 7,700 (0.63%).

The chart below illustrates the total monthly employment:


In the month of July, 2019 the average hours worked was 41.9, this was a decrease from last month, which averaged 42.7 hours. This represents a change of 1.9%. Average hourly wages for the month were $21.77 per hour, which translates to $912.16 per week. Hourly wages decreased over the last month from $21.86 per hour a decrease of 0.4%. Weekly wages decreased over the last month from $933.42 per week a decrease of 2.3%.

A year ago, the average hours worked was 43.2 hourse per week, which is a decrease of 3.0%. Hourly wages have increased over the last year from $21.21 per hour, an increase of 2.6%. Weekly wages have increased over the last year from $916.27 per week, an increase of 0.4%.

The chart below illustrates the average monthly wages:

Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate decreased in July, 2019 from 4.3% to this months' 4.2%. A year ago the unemployment rate was 4.2%, 0.0% lower today. The total workforce in July, 2019 was 6,496,354, which is 0.1% higher than last months 6,490,937 and is 0.1% higher than last years 6,459,489. The total number of unemployed in Illinois is 272,590 as compared to the revised figure from last month of 277,421 and 274,368 unemployed a year ago.

The chart below illustrates the change in the unemployment rate over the last year in Illinois:

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This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.