Greater Peoria Economic Development Council Finding Skilled Workers Is A Challenge With Low Unemployment By Kristin McHugh • Jun 4, 2018 Creative Commons The country’s low unemployment rate is challenging companies seeking workers with specific skills. The Labor Department says the nation’s May unemployment rate was 3.8 percent, an 18-year low. The metropolitan Peoria rate is 4.1 percent. Peoria's Asst. City Manager to Lead Economic Development Council in 2018 By Cass Herrington • Dec 7, 2017 Greater Peoria EDC The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council will have a new executive director at the helm in the new year. Civic Groups Claim Peoria Economy's Strength By Tanya Koonce • Feb 3, 2017 Roger Wollstadt / Wikimedia Commons Three regional groups got together yesterday to compare and share notes about the strength and diversity of the local economy. Group to help displaced workers find work in Peoria area By Associated Press • Oct 10, 2015 Peoria area workers at Caterpillar and other companies who suddenly find themselves out of work will be getting help finding employment in the region. Regional EDC aims to help keep laid off workers By AP • Oct 9, 2015 Peoria area workers at Caterpillar and other companies who suddenly find themselves out of work will be getting help finding employment in the region.