Peoria Public Radio News
1:45 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Unemployment rate declines in the Peoria area

The Peoria Metropolitan area is joining the rest of the state in seeing declines in the unemployment rate.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports April’s rate at 7%. That’s a more than one-percent decline from the same time last year and a nearly two-percent decline from March.

The decrease in people filing for unemployment is attributed to gains in wholesale trade, construction and educational health-services. But some industries continue to see job losses. They include manufacturing and professional-business services.

The state's unemployment rate in April was 7.2%