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November Unemployment Down, Workforce Unchanged In Bloomington-Normal

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Charles Krupa
Jobless rates continue at near historic lows for Bloomington Normal.

Bloomington Normal's unemployment rate dropped a full point from November of last year, down to 3.1%. But the Illinois Department of Employment Security also reports the size of the workforce was unchanged over the 12-month period at 93,500.

State estimates indicate 3,000 people were out of work and looking for a job in November 2019. That’s lower than for most months of the year.

The state reported job gains in the Leisure & Hospitality (+400), Government (+200), and Construction (+100). Declines were reported in Manufacturing (-400), Professional & Business Services, Other Services, and Transportation, Warehousing, & Utilities (-100 each).

Peoria’s jobless rate fell to 4% in November, down from 4.8% a year ago. An estimated 7,100 people were out of work and looking for a job in the Peoria metro area in November.

The unemployment rate decreased over-the-year in November in 13 Illinois metropolitan areas and increased in one, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Data also show the number of nonfarm jobs increased in nine Illinois metropolitan areas, decreased in four, and was unchanged in one.

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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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