Overall unemployment rate stayed flat at 4.3% with the biggest shift in Government, which lost 1,000 roles, based on the most recently available information published in September 2022.

Total employment in the Champaign-Urbana, IL market declined by 3,176 jobs in August and the unemployment rate stayed flat. The national unemployment rate stayed flat over the same time period at 3.8%.

  • Champaign-Urbana, IL unemployment rate is 51 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 100 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in August versus prior month by 5.1% and are up compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Champaign-Urbana, IL Unemployment August 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs declined by -0.9%. Key sectors include:

  • Government: 32,400; -1,000
  • Education & Healthcare: 18,800; +200
  • Transportation & Utilities: 16,300; -100
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 11,700; -100
  • Business Services: 8,700; no change
  • Manufacturing: 7,800; no change
  • Financial Services: 4,400; no change
  • Construction, Mining: 4,200; no change
  • Other Jobs: 3,400; no change
  • IT & Development: 2,100; no change
Champaign-Urbana, IL Unemployment by Industry August 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through August 2022 (Data published September 2022 and reports created on September 28, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.