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Job growth holds steady in Bloomington-Normal after 2021 surge

'Now Hiring' sign on sidewalk
Emily Bollinger
The Bloomington-Normal area has added 2,800 jobs since July 2021.

McLean County's recent jobs boom has leveled off, but employment is still well ahead of last year's pace.

Data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) show McLean County's jobless rate was 4% in July.

The Bloomington-Normal area labor market, which includes McLean and DeWitt counties, has added 2,800 jobs since July 2021. The most job gains in the last year were in leisure and hospitality (600), construction (500) and government (400). The area lost an estimated 100 jobs in financial activities over the last year.

The area workforce was 91,500 last month, according to IDES. Bloomington-Normal‘s jobless rate dropped over the last year from 4.9%. The current rate trails only the Quad Cities area that includes Moline and Rock Island for lowest in the state.

The statewide jobless rate last month was 4.8%.

Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.
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