February Unemployment Improves In Bloomington-Normal | WGLT

February Unemployment Improves In Bloomington-Normal

Mar 30, 2017

A sculpture of unemployed people in a bread line during the Great Depression is part of the Roosevelt memorial in Washington D.C.
Credit David Wilson / Flickr

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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