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BN, Peoria jobless rates inching closer together

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:10:47 CDT
By: Willis Kern

Peoria is now a scant three-tenths of a percentage point behind Bloomington-Normal in low unemployment. Peoria's jobless figure for June was 7.9%, down from 8.7% in June a year ago, and just a bit higher than the twin cities' rate of 7.6% last month. Peoria's jobless rate decline was fourth best among metro areas last month behind Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Rockford, and Kankakee. The lowest metro unemployment rate in the state last month was in the Illinois side of the Quad Cities at 7.3% Bloomington-Normal's rate is a tenth of a point higher than during June last year despite adding 200 jobs over the past year.

Metro area                    June 2012 June 2011
     Bloomington-Normal             7.6         7.5
     Champaign-Urbana               9.1         9.1
     Chicago-Joliet-Naperville      9.4        10.9
     Danville                      10.5        10.6
     Davenport-Moline-Rock Island   7.3        7.4
     Decatur                       11.0        10.5
     Kankakee-Bradley              11.2        12.1
     Lake-Kenosha                   8.7         9.2
     Peoria                         7.9        8.7
     Rockford                     11.5       12.4
     Springfield                    7.7           7.6
     St. Louis (Illinois section) 9.0            9.1

     Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security

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