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Bloomington-Normal unemployment rate rises to 5%

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Help wanted sign is displayed in Deerfield, Ill., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The unemployment rate for August rose for the Bloomington-Normal area.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said Thursday that the 5% jobless rate is more than a point higher than at the same time last year (3.7%). That means more people are looking for work because the number of people working also rose by 1,500 jobs.

IDES data for the Bloomington-Normal area labor market, which includes McLean and DeWitt counties, shows Retail Trade (+500) and Manufacturing (+500) saw the largest payroll gains since August 2022. The area saw job losses in Mining-Construction (-200), Professional-Business Services (-100) and Information (-100).

Despite the increase, Bloomington-Normal’s unemployment rate of 5% is second lowest in the state (along with Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights) and trails only the Quad Cities part of Illinois at 4.6%.

Rockford has the highest unemployment of any metro area in Illinois at 7.4%.

The statewide jobless rate for August was 5.3%.

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WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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