CHICAGO, Ill -- According to numbers released Thursday from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), June unemployment rates fell in five metro areas, increased in one and was essentially unchanged in six compared to last year.
Peoria's rate dropped down to 7.9 percent. Peoria's payroll increased 2.5 percent to with 4,500 new non-farm jobs.
The Bloomington-Normal Metro area remained virtually unchanged from last year. Bloomington-Normal gained 200 non-farm jobs from June 2011 and their unemployment raised from 7.5 percent to 7.6 percent.
"Manufacturing and other private-sector job growth continues to push our economy through an uneven recovery," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "This steady progress is encouraging even as we remain guarded on how world economic events in Europe, China and elsewhere will be felt at home."