Local unemployment numbers, for the most part, increased in February from a year ago, according to data released Thursday by the state of Illinois. Peoria metro's unemployment rate inched up from 10 percent last February to 10.1 percent this February. Peoria metro area also saw one of the biggest increases in joblessness, reflecting a temporary slowdown in global manufacturing demand. Peoria metro area lost 3300 jobs in the past year....Meantime, Bloomington Normal metro, which usually has one of the best showings for jobs in the state, saw its jobless rate jump from 7.7 percent last February to 8 percent this February. The twin cities also lost 1900 jobs in the past year. Looking at other local jobless rates, Marshall County saw a decrease from 10.1 percent to 9.8 percent; Stark County saw a jump in unemployment from 11.9 percent to 12.4 percent, Tazewell County saw its jobless rate jump from 9.7 percent to 9.9 percent and Woodford County saw a decrease in unemployment from 8.6 percent to 8.4 percent. Pekin city numbers saw a decrease from 11.5 percent last year to 10.9 percent this year while the city of Peoria's jobless rate remained unchanged at 10.6 percent.
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