At the bottom of the rankings are Nevada and California at 12.9% and 12% respectively. The July national unemployment is 9.1%, down from 9.2% in June.
The seasonally adjusted month over month unemployment rate increase of 0.4% from 9.1% to 9.5%, ranked IL as one of the five states with the largest July increases.
On a historical basis (data beginning in 1976), the highest recorded rate for the IL unemployment rate is 12.9% from December 1982 to February 1983. The lowest recorded rate is 4.2% in February 1999. IL last reached 9.5% unemployment in October/ November 2010.