(25News Now) – Unemployment is up and jobs are up in the Peoria and Bloomington metro areas between August 2022 and 2023.
Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security show the unemployment rate rose to 5.8% from 4.3% in the past year in Peoria. In Bloomington, that number is at 5%, up from 3.7% last year.
Total nonfarm jobs sit at 172,500 in Peoria, up from 171,100. In Bloomington, that number is 97,000, up from 95,500.
“Steady, consistent job growth statewide continues to boost a strengthening Illinois economy,” said Deputy Governor Andy Manar. “A growing labor market and newly created jobs are giving workers and jobseekers the opportunity to reenter the workforce and pivot career choices that better suit the talent and diversity of the state workforce.”
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