The jobless rate rose in Bloomington-Normal and 12 other Illinois metro areas in December, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Friday.
The Bloomington-Normal area's unemployment rate increased to 4.5 percent in December, up from 3.6 percent a year ago, IDES reported. There are 4,400 unemployed people in the Bloomington-Normal area's labor force, IDES reported.
“The new administration is committed to growing the economy and creating good jobs in regions across the state,” Deputy Governor Dan Hynes said in an IDES statement Friday. “Gov. Prizker has taken action in his first weeks in office to support working families and help prepare workers for employment in growing industries. Our top priority is getting the state’s economy back on track, and the governor looks forward to continuing to work with business leaders and workers to build a thriving state.”
There were 94,100 nonfarm jobs in the Bloomington-Normal area in December, the same as a year ago. The Leisure and Hospitality sector added 500 jobs, but that was offset by declines in Retail Trade (lost 500) and smaller reductions in other sectors, IDES reported.
The statewide jobless rate in December was 4.4 percent; the national rate was 3.7 percent.
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