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February Unemployment Improves In Bloomington-Normal

David Wilson

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.

Sectors that lost jobs included retail, manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, and government.

The metropolitan area unemployment rate is 4.8 percent, an improvement of a point from a year ago.

The state estimates 4,700 people in the Twin Cities looking for jobs in February.

The Peoria area unemployment rate fell by more than half a point to 6.7 percent.

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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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