CHICAGO, Ill. -- The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Thursday that Peoria's unemployment rate for August is up from a year ago, but down from last month.
Peoria's August unemployment rate is a reported 8.7 percent, which is up from August 2012's eight percent mark. Peoria's unemployment rate in July was 9.4 percent.
In Bloomington-Normal, August's 7.2 unemployment rate is practically unchanged from 2012's rate of 7.3 percent.
In July, Bloomington-Normal had an unemployment rate of 7.8 percent.