CHICAGO - State unemployment figures released today show a drop in eight of the 12 metro areas... including Bloomington. However, the rate increased in Peoria. The Illinios Department of Employment Security reports the unemployment rate for the Peoria metro rose from eight percent last August to eight-point-seven percent this August. In the Bloomington metro... unemployment dropped from seven-point-three percent last august to seven-point-two percent this august. I-D-E-S officials say schools returning from summer break pushed down unemployment rates across the state, but not enough in some areas to make up for weakness in the global manufacturing market.
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