Unemployment in central Illinois at lowest level since 2008

By WEEK Producer

Unemployment in central Illinois at lowest level since 2008

December 27, 2012 Updated Dec 28, 2012 at 5:31 AM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- The November jobless rate was the lowest it has been since 2008 in both the Peoria and Bloomington-Normal Metro areas.

That is according to the latest data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, which shows the Peoria metro rate at 7.7 percent and Bloomington-Normal at 6.1 percent.

While the rate has dipped, the numbers do show 100 fewer non-farm jobs in both Peoria and Bloomington-Normal year-to-year.

Peoria lost 1,000 Professional-Business Services jobs and the Twin Cities lost 400.

In 2008, the Peoria rate was 5.5 percent and 5 percent in Bloomington-Normal.

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