Bureau of Labor Statistics

Peoria's Unemployment Drops, Net Jobs Grow

Jul 28, 2017
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Hiring was up and unemployment went down in the Peoria area from June 2016-June 2017, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Dep. of Employment Security.

The department says unemployment fell from 6.2 percent in June 2016 to 5.5 percent. Tazewell, Woodford, Stark and McClean Counties showed similar declines in unemployment, around one percent.

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The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics has released figures that show union membership in Illinois matched a historic low in 2016.  Union membership in Illinois accounted for 14.5% of the wage and salary workers in the state last year. That is down from 15.2% from the previous year and ties the historic low set in 2007.

Illinois Leads Nation In Improvement in Unemployment

Oct 21, 2014

Illinois had one of the stronger showings in the nation in new jobs last month and it led the way nationally with a a 2.5% drop in unemployment from September of last year to September of this year.

Figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show Illinois added more than 19,000 jobs last month, marking the second largest increase in the nation. 

Illinois trailed only Texas in month over month employment.

The biggest gains came in  professional and business services. That includes more accounting jobs which have increased in the Chicago area.