Jobs up in most Illinois metro areas, including Peoria

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CHICAGO — A majority of the state of Illinois has seen ongoing job growth, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said Thursday.

Job growth increased in ten Illinois metropolitan areas, including the Peoria and Springfield areas. The Peoria metro area had one of the largest increases since April 2018 with a +2.0%, or 3,400 job, increase.

However, data also show unemployment rates increased, along with the job growth, over-the-year in April in several metro areas. The metro areas showing the largest over-the-year decrease in total nonfarm jobs were Bloomington (-1.1%, -1,000), Danville (-0.4%, -100) and the Illinois section of St. Louis (-0.3%, -800).

The total number of nonfarm jobs in Peoria went from 173,300 to 176,700, the report said. 

“Job growth remains strong in most areas of the state, which is encouraging more Illinoisans to enter the labor force,” said Deputy Gov. Dan Hynes. “This administration is working to continue this growth by providing workers with the training they need and restoring fiscal responsibility in state government.”

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Bloomington increased to 4.0% in April 2019 from 3.5% in April 2018. There were an estimated 3,900 unemployed people in the labor force in April 2019.

Not seasonally adjusted data compares April 2019 with April 2018. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 4.0 percent in April 2019 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in April 2019 and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak.

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