Job growth

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Unemployment inched lower in greater Peoria last month. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports the metropolitan area’s June unemployment rate fell to five-percent. That’s slightly better than the 5.2% figure recorded a year ago.

A revised report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Illinois job growth hit a high point last summer and surpassed its prior business cycle peak from September 2000. 

State officials say the unemployment rate in Illinois held steady at 5.5% in September, and the number of jobs in the state grew.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security, in its monthly unemployment report, says that the state added 7,400 jobs since August and has added 43,400 jobs since September 2015.

The Department of Employment Security says Illinois' unemployment rate rose again in January, reaching 6.3%. 

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the statewide unemployment rate fell in September but the state lost jobs.

Illinois unemployment rate dropped in January

Mar 12, 2015

 The state unemployment rate dropped slightly in January compared to the month before. The Department of Employment Security says the jobless rate decreased two-percent from the same time last year.  Leisure and hospitality saw the biggest gains in January, followed by educational and health services.