Overall unemployment rate moved down to 3.5% with the biggest shift in Government, which gained 7,800 roles, based on the most recently available information published in November 2022.

Total employment in the Champaign-Urbana, IL market rose by 6,287 jobs in September and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 80 bps to 3.5%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 47 bps over the same time to 3.3%.

  • Champaign-Urbana, IL unemployment rate is 18 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 70 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in September versus prior month by 2.3% 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 September 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 7.8% . Key sectors include:

  • Government: 39,900; +7,800
  • Education & Healthcare: 18,900; +200
  • Transportation & Utilities: 16,300; no change
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 12,100; +300
  • Business Services: 8,600; -100
  • Manufacturing: 7,800; no change
  • Financial Services: 4,300; -100
  • Construction, Mining: 4,200; no change
Champaign-Urbana, IL Unemployment by Industry September 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through September 2022 (Data published November 2022 and reports created on November 2, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.