CHICAGO — Unemployment rates are down in all Illinois metropolitan areas, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).
Peoria saw an impressive increase in job growth, with 4,000 non-farm jobs added. The biggest increase was in professional and business services, with 2,000 new jobs.
The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 4.1 percent in June 2019 from 5.3 percent in June 2018. There were an estimated 7,600 unemployed people in the labor force in June 2019. The total number of jobs in the Peoria metro area is at approximately 179,500.
The Bloomington metro area also saw an increase in employment; 500 new jobs were reported over the year. The metro area’s unemployment rate went from 4.7% to 3.7% from June 2018 to June 2019.
“Job growth is reaching all corners of Illinois and this administration is acting boldly to build upon that momentum,” said Deputy Gov. Dan Hynes. “On the strength of a bipartisan budget and capital bill, Illinois is once again investing in its roads, bridges, and universities to create an economy that supports working families.”
The largest percentage increases were in Carbondale-Marion, Lake-Kenosha, and Peoria.