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Unemployment in Illinois

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Definition and Source



The unemployment number and rate, which measures the share of workers in the labor force who do not currently have a job but are actively looking for work across the state and within counties. 

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), "The unemployed include those who:
• lost their jobs involuntarily;
• quit their jobs;
• entered the labor market for the first time or have re-entered the labor market after a period of absence;
• have been laid off but expect to be recalled.

The unemployment rate is the number unemployed expressed as a percent of the total civilian labor force (unemployment rate = unemployed/labor force X 100)."

See IDES for further information.

Data Source

Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), Local Area Unemployment Statistics, available here.


All numbers are annual average labor force estimates for the state of Illinois. The unemployment data presented here are not adjusted for fluctuations during the year such as seasonal work. All unemployment estimates from IDES are subject to revision, so estimates may change slightly when data are updated.

Last Updated

December 2023