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Bloomington-Normal is one of three metro areas in Illinois which lost jobs over the last year.

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Bloomington-Normal’s jobless rate rose in June, though state officials say that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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The Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council released its latest quarterly update showing record low unemployment rates and a slight increase in jobs over 2017.

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Bloomington-Normal added 500 jobs over the last year to maintain a share of the lowest unemployment rate in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday that the local jobless rate dropped to 3.3 percent in May, down from 3.7 percent in May 2017, totaling 95,000 jobs.

IDES said unemployment rates dropped over-the-year in all of the state’s metro areas.

“For the third consecutive month, the unemployment rate is below the previous year levels in all metro areas,” IDES Director Jeff Mays said in a news release.

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The Bloomington-Normal area's jobless rate plunged to 3.1 percent in April, the lowest rate for that month since 2000, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

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Amid the many moves by State Farm Insurance comes a hiring fair.

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Bloomington-Normal unemployment has dropped to 3.6 percent for February. That was down more than a point from the same month last year, according to the Department of Employment Security.

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Bloomington-Normal’s jobless rate has fallen again, making it the lowest among all metro areas in Illinois.

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The Bloomington-Normal economy has added 1,100 jobs in the past year, as the local jobless rate fell to just 3.8 percent in December, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

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When a big local retailer like JCPenney or Gordmans closes its doors, it becomes another chapter in the “retail apocalypse” storyline that predicts the end of brick-and-mortar shopping.

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Bloomington-Normal's jobless rate sank to 3.8 percent in October, as the local economy added 900 jobs in construction, professional and business services, and other sectors.

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Bloomington-Normal's jobless rate fell again in September and remains the lowest among all metro areas in the state, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

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Bloomington-Normal's jobless rate continued to fall in August, as the local economy added around 1,700 jobs in the past year, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

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McLean County government must cut up to 25 people from its workforce, County Administrator Bill Wasson said Monday during a Board Finance Committee meeting.

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Bloomington-Normal’s jobless rate continued its decline in July, as the local economy added more jobs in professional and business services and leisure and hospitality.

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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.

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The Bloomington Normal area edged under 4-percent unemployment last month. That's according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Economists suggest the lowest possible level of unemployment is about that 3.8-percent mark.

Compared to a year ago, the twin cities had 900 more jobs in May.

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March unemployment in Bloomington Normal was down more than a full point from the same time last year.

According to the State Department of Employment Security, the jobless rate in the twin cities in March was 4.3 percent.

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Several sectors of the Bloomington-Normal economy gained jobs last month compared to a year ago.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports increases in educational and health services, financing, business, construction, transportation and warehousing, and utilities.

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Nearly 6,000 people were out of work in Bloomington-Normal in January and looking for a job.

The state Department of Employment Security reported unemployment rates increased in most major metro areas in the state including the Twin Cities.

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The State Department of Employment Security says unemployment rates remained higher than the national rate in November. But, Department Director Jeff Mays noted metro areas outside of Chicago have experienced more job growth recently.

Bloomington-Normal saw gains in financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government. Peoria's biggest growth came in professional and business services. 

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Five thousand people in Bloomington Normal are out of work and looking for a job.

That's according to the state Department of Employment Security. The unemployment rate for the twin cities actually dropped slightly from October of a year ago. The rate last month was four-point-eight-percent.

There are eleven-thousand-jobless workers in the Peoria area seeking employment. The rate for Peoria is five-point-nine percent, which is down a full point from year ago levels.

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The unemployment rate in Bloomington Normal rose a half point last month.

The State Department of Employment Security says the five-point-one-percent jobless rate for the twin cities is the fourth lowest of the major cities in the state behind Champaign-Urbana, Lake County, and Springfield.

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All of the three major economic factors considered for the quarterly event "BN By the Numbers" show positive signs of improvement.

GLT's Willis Kern finds out more in this interview with Mike Doherty, Senior Economist with the Bloomington-based Illinois Farm Bureau. Doherty gives the presentation at Thursday's quarterly event, which will be held during the noon hour Thursday September 29 at ISU's Bone Student Center.

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Most metro areas in Illinois saw unemplyment go down last month.  But that doesn't tell the whole story.

12 of the 14 areas had numbers in August better than a year earlier.    But the State Department of Employment Security says most of the job growth has taken place in the Chicago area.

Bob Gough is a spokesman for the agency. 

"They are up over the year more than 4,600 jobs. But the statewide number is up only 3,700 plus jobs.  That means the rest of the state is lagging behind," Gough said.

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Unemployment in March was 6% for the Bloomington Normal area. The State Department of Employment Security says that's an increase of nearly one and a half points from the same month last year.

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Illinois' unemployment rate edged up again in March as the state added jobs but not enough to keep pace with the number of people looking for work. 

The state Department of Employment Security said Thursday that unemployment hit 6.5 percent in March. That was up from 6.4 percent in February and the fifth straight monthly increase. 

Department director Jeff Mays pointed out that the increase in the unemployment rate comes in spite of the state adding 14,700 more jobs in March than it lost.  

The national unemployment rate for March was 5 percent.  

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February unemployment rates increased in all of the metro areas of Illinois compared to last year.

Bloomington's unemployment rate sits at 6.3 percent, but there were job gains in financial services, education, and health services with an estimated 6,200 people in search of work. For Peoria, unemployment hit 8.1 percent with around 15,000 people looking for jobs.

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Illinois' unemployment rate slightly increased in February to 6.4 percent. It was the fourth straight monthly increase.  

 The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the number of people employed across the state increased by 18,100 people. But state officials said that as more people seek jobs Illinois' economy is not creating enough positions. Unemployment was up from 6.3 percent in January.  

 Illinois Department of Commerce Director Jim Schultz said that improvements in the national economy are motivating more long-term unemployed people to look for work.  

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The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment rose in January in all but one of the state's metro areas.  Bloomington-Normal's rate went from 5.3 percent to 6.5 percent.

According to the monthly report, the sharpest increases were in the Peoria and Danville areas. Unemployment in Peoria rose from 7.2 percent in January 2015 to 8.6 percent this January. And in Danville the jobless rate rose from 7.7 percent to a statewide high of 9.1 percent.  

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