Unemployment Rates Improve In Major Illinois Cities | WGLT

Unemployment Rates Improve In Major Illinois Cities

Sep 27, 2018

Unemployment rates fell in August in all but one of the major cities in Illinois, including Bloomington-Normal.

The Department of Employment Security reported Thursday that employers in 10 metro areas added jobs, though not in Bloomington-Normal. The Twin City labor force is 200 jobs smaller than at the same time in 2017.

The August jobless rate for the Twin Cities was 4.1 percent, down slightly from the same month a year ago. That is just under the statewide rate and just over the national average.

The Department of Employment Security indicates there were an estimated 3,900 people unemployed and looking for a job in the area in August.

State figures indicate job gains in the Leisure and Hospitality, Education and Health Services, and Professional and Business Service sectors. Declines were reported in Retail Trade, Manufacturing, and Financial activities.

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