Local Jobs Report, June 2022: Chicago

The PeopleReady Local Jobs Report provides a snapshot of jobs, hiring and wage growth trends for the Chicago market.

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Throughout the Chicago area, businesses in sectors such as retail, manufacturing and hospitality report a shortage of job applicants. With a tight labor market spurring competition for front-line and entry level workers, the number of job postings has soared to record levels. Meanwhile, many area employers are boosting wages to attract and retain workers.

Chicago Market Snapshot

APRIL 2022*

JOBS ADDED: -1,400 month over month

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 4.1%, down from 4.5% in March 2022

WAGE CHANGE: +3.8% year over year

  • Total nonfarm employment is up 4.3% YoY in the Chicago area.
  • Mining and logging (18.1%) and leisure and hospitality (17.7%) had the largest payroll gains YoY among all sectors.
  • The unemployment rate in the U.S. is 3.6%, compared to 4.1% in the Chicago area.

*Note: Most recent data available.


  1. U.S. BLS, Local Area Unemployment Statistics
  2. Emsi, July 5, 2022

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