Illinois Monthly Employment Statistics

  • 695,026 employed workers
  • 5,652,123 unemployed workers
  • 11.0% unemployment rate

Workforce Data

The total employment for Illinois is 5,695,200, which is 66,000 greater than last month, an increase of 1.17%. The total employment a year ago was 6,181,900, which is -486,700 greater than today. Employment has decreased by 7.87% in the last year. Last months' total employment data was updated but changed less than 0.05%, a fairly insignificant amount. Last months total employment was revised to 5,629 from 5,629.

The Trade, Transport and Utilities sectors are the leading employers in Illinois. There are 1,152,200 employees in the sector. Last month the sector had 1,143,400 employees last month, an increase of 8,800 (0.77%). Last year the sector had 1,224,200 employees last year, a decrease of 72,000 (5.88%).

The chart below illustrates the total monthly employment:

Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate decreased in July, 2019 from 11.5% to this months' 11.0%. A year ago the unemployment rate was 4.0%, 7.0% higher today. The total workforce in July, 2019 was 6,347,149, which is 1.6% higher than last months 6,248,853 and is 1.5% lower than last months 6,504,503. The total number of unemployed in Illinois is 5,652,123 as compared to the revised figure from last month of 5,533,043 and 6,242,039 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 & HomeGearWorks.com. 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.