April http://peoriapublicradio.org en Area unemployment down from March, up from last year http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/area-unemployment-down-march-last-year <p>The number of people filing unemployment claims decreased one percent from March to April. &nbsp;The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports the unemployment rate at 7.9 percent in the Peoria Metropolitan Statistical Area. &nbsp;That’s up a half-a-percent from the same time last year. &nbsp;2,600 fewer jobs were added last month compared to April last year. &nbsp;That’s largely due to a temporary layoff in manufacturing jobs. &nbsp;But more than 1,000 jobs were added in educational-health services compared to the same time last year.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 20:17:57 +0000 Alex Rusciano 6114 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Area unemployment down from March, up from last year