Unemployment falls by more than one percent in Peoria

By WEEK Reporter

June 27, 2013 Updated Jun 28, 2013 at 8:55 AM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Unemployment rates fell in May in eight of 12 Illinois metro areas compared to last year, according to data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Peoria's unemployment rate sits at 7.8 percent for May, down sharply from April's 8.9 percent mark. Bloomington-Normal's unemployment rate is at 6.1 percent, down from April's 6.9 percent rate.

“Falling unemployment rates in most areas of our state reflect a national economy that is moving forward while looking for a reason to build momentum,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said.

Peoria had 183,200 non-farm jobs in May, which is approximately 3,000 less jobs from the same time last year. Bloomington-Normal lost 800 non-farm jobs from last year to sit at 91,600.