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Illinois' unemployment rate has hit its lowest level in more than a decade.

A revised report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Illinois job growth hit a high point last summer and surpassed its prior business cycle peak from September 2000. 

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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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois officials say the April unemployment rate dipped 0.2 percentage points to 4.7 percent. 

The governor's office says about 1.4 million Illinois job seekers are affected after one of the state's employment security agency vendors was hacked.  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office says the Illinois Department of Employment Security notified the Illinois General Assembly about the hack. 

State officials say the unemployment rate in Illinois held steady at 5.5% in September, and the number of jobs in the state grew.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security, in its monthly unemployment report, says that the state added 7,400 jobs since August and has added 43,400 jobs since September 2015.

The government temporarily sends cash assistance to people who've been laid off and are looking for a job. 

But starting next week ... they won't receive unemployment insurance unless they've provided the state with a resume. Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security -- Jeff Mays -- says it will help to link employers with skilled workers.

The unemployment rate dropped across Illinois in May to 6.4%, but state officials attributed the drop to a decrease in the size of the state's workforce.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment fell from 6.6% in April. It was the first decline in the jobless rate in seven months.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment rose in January in all but one of the state's metro areas.  The statewide unemployment rate went up to 6.3%.

The Department of Employment Security says Illinois' unemployment rate rose again in January, reaching 6.3%. 

Illinois' economy continues to grow, but at a slower rate than it was a few months ago, according to a monthly economic report from the University of Illinois.  

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the statewide unemployment rate fell in September but the state lost jobs.

Jobless numbers throughout Illinois continue to decline. The latest figures from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show the unemployment rate of five point nine percent is about half of what it was at its peak, in 2009.

That could be a sign of a recovery.

But Republican Governor Bruce Rauner says it's the opposite. He says the rate is down because there are fewer jobs, and fewer residents trying to get them.

"We are losing our people, we're losing our jobs. That's gotta change, we need to grow."

  CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois' unemployment rate held steady again in May as the state added temporary and government jobs but lost manufacturing positions. The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Thursday that the May unemployment rate was 6 percent. That's the same level as it was in April and just higher than the 5.5 percent May national rate. According to the department, professional and business services firms added a net 6,900 jobs in May. Many of those companies provide temporary workers.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment fell in every metro area in the state in April. It was the 14th consecutive month of decreases across the state's metro regions.

  An Illinois state board has denied an oft-ousted southwestern Illinois police chief's bid for unemployment benefits. Jose Alvarez was fired three times by the village of Caseyville between February and May 2014, but managed to win his job back through administrative and legal challenges. He was again dismissed in November. The Illinois Department of Employment Security has determined Alvarez is not eligible for unemployment benefits.  An administrative law judge ruled Friday that since Alvarez was fired for insubordination, he cannot receive unemployment.

State officials say unemployment dropped in March in each of Illinois' metropolitan areas for the 13th consecutive month.

Illinois' unemployment rate fell in December to 6.2 percent. That's the lowest it has been in almost seven years and represents the ninth monthly decrease in the past 10 months.

Unemployment drops in the Peoria area for November

Dec 24, 2014

The unemployment rate has dropped in each of Illinois's 12 metro areas for the fifth time in the past six months.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate fell in November to its lowest level since June 2008, hitting 6.4 percent.

State officials say anyone who collected unemployment insurance this year can sign up to be notified when a tax form needed to complete state and federal tax returns is available. 

Unemployment rate drops in Peoria in August

Sep 25, 2014

The percentage of people looking for jobs in the Peoria area continued to decline year over year.

Peoria area unemployment rate drops in July

Aug 21, 2014

The unemployment rate fell in every metro area in the state for the fourth month in a row.

The unemployment rate in June fell in every metro area in the state for the third month in a row.

Unemployment rate declines in the Peoria area

May 22, 2014

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

Unemployment claims for the greater Peoria Metropolitan Statistical Area were down July to August. But year to year unemployment grew.

Governor defends record of job creation

Aug 23, 2013

Illinois' unemployment rate last month was the second-highest in the country. More than nine-percent of people looking for work couldn't find it.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

The job market improved in parts of Illinois; unemployment fell in seven of the state's 12 metro areas.  That includes Champaign-Urbana, the Metro East and Springfield. But other regions saw sharp hikes, including in Danville, Decatur and Peoria.  Each of those regions saw unemployment rates rise by more than a percentage point.

Peoria area unemployment rate increases in June

Jul 25, 2013

Temporary layoffs in the manufacturing sector are taking a toll on the area’s unemployment rate. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports eight-point-eight percent of people living in the Metropolitan Statistical Area filed unemployment claims in June. That’s up nearly one-percent from the same time last year. It’s also an increase from the rate in May. 

Slight drop in area unemployment

Jun 27, 2013

The area’s unemployment rate dropped slightly from April to May. But the rate is up nearly one percent from last May.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports 7.8 percent of people living in the Metropolitan Statistical Area filed unemployment claims in May.