Jobs report

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 Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment fell in every Illinois metro area in February. It was the 12th straight month of across-the-board improvement.The department says in its monthly report that while nine of the 14 tracked areas added jobs in February, the Peoria, Bloomington, Carbondale-Marion and Quad Cities areas all lost jobs.However, the Bloomington area still posted the lowest unemployment rate in the state last month at 5 percent.