Bloomington-Normal's jobless rate fell again last month, with the area adding more jobs than other metro areas in the state, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.
The local unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in June, down from 5.3 percent a year ago, IDES reported. The Bloomington-Normal metro area added 3,100 nonfarm jobs over the past year.
That increase in nonfarm jobs (up 3.4 percent) is better than any other metro area in the state, IDES said.
The local jobless rate now about matches the national average (4.5 percent) and is lower than the statewide rate (5 percent), IDES reported.
“While the job gains in the northeastern corner of the state show some signs of recovery, the rate of job growth remains well below the national average,” IDES Director Jeff Mays said in a statement. “There are pockets of modest job growth Downstate, but we’ve yet to see any sustainable trends.”
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