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B-N Jobless Rate Rises, Still Lowest In Illinois

People gathered in a tent at a job fair
Emily Bollinger
About 50 McLean County businesses took part in a recent job fair outside Eastland Mall.

Bloomington-Normal saw a drop in the workforce last month, but the area is still about 2,800 jobs ahead of where it was a year ago.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Twin Cities’ jobless rate rose to 5.4% in June. That's the lowest unemployment rate in the state.

Bloomington-Normal added 1,900 jobs in leisure and hospitality over the last year. The area also added jobs in construction (600), wholesale trade (400) and transportation, warehousing and utilities (300).

The Twin Cities lost about 900 jobs in financial activities and 100 jobs in professional and business services since last June.

The Bloomington-Normal jobless rate is half of what it was in June 2020 at 10.8%. IDES said the Bloomington-Normal area had 85,900 jobs at the end of June. That's down from about 87,300 reported at the end of May.

The highest unemployment of any metro area is in Rockford (9.5%). The statewide unemployment rate is 7.9% The U.S. unemployment rate is 5.9%.

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