Jobless Rate IDES: Bloomington-Normal Economy Still Down 6,000 Jobs By Ryan Denham • Dec 23, 2020 Emily Bollinger / WGLT The Bloomington-Normal area economy has nearly 6,000 fewer jobs than it did a year ago, another sign that the pandemic’s economic impact is still very much being felt. B-N Unemployment Rate Falls Again, But Thousands of Jobs Still Missing By Ryan Denham • Oct 22, 2020 Charles Krupa / AP Bloomington-Normal's unemployment rate fell in September for the fifth straight month, although thousands of jobs still haven't returned since the pandemic hit. Illinois Poorly Prepared For Flood Of Unemployment Claims By David Jackson / Better Government Association • Oct 16, 2020 Megan McGowan / WGLT Gov. JB Pritzker held off filling top vacancies at Illinois’ unemployment office because he was planning to merge it with another state department. Then COVID-19 upended the nation. Job Losses Stabilize In B-N As Pandemic Drags On By Ryan Denham • Aug 27, 2020 bytemarks / Creative Commons/Flickr Bloomington-Normal's high unemployment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continued to ease in July, as the jobless rate fell and fewer people sought jobless benefits for the first time. B-N Jobless Rate Stays In Double Digits For 3rd Straight Month By Ryan Denham • Jul 23, 2020 BYTEMARKS /CREATIVE COMMONS/FLICKR Bloomington-Normal's jobless rate stayed stuck in double digits in June for the third straight month, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday. B-N's Jobless Rate Tops 10% For Second Straight Month By Ryan Denham • Jun 25, 2020 bytemarks / Creative Commons/Flickr Bloomington-Normal's jobless rate stayed in the double digits for a second straight month in May, as economic fallout from COVID-19 continued. Another 2,800 From B-N Sought Jobless Benefits In May By Ryan Denham • Jun 11, 2020 Nam Y. Huh / AP Another 2,800 people in the Bloomington-Normal area filed for jobless benefits for the first time in May, fewer than the two previous months but still worse than at the peak of the Great Recession, the state reported Thursday. B-N's Jobless Rate Soars Into Double Digits By Ryan Denham • May 29, 2020 Ashley Binkowski / WGLT The Bloomington-Normal area's unemployment rate shot up to 12.8% in April, as the coronavirus shutdown took its toll on the economy, state officials announced Friday. B-N Workers Play Waiting Game For Jobless Benefits By Ryan Denham • Apr 28, 2020 Michelle Sanders / Facebook There’s really no socially distant way to do massage therapy. That’s put Michelle Sanders out of work. Over 5,000 People Claim Jobless Benefits In Bloomington-Normal Area By Ryan Denham • Apr 8, 2020 Ashley Binkowski / WGLT More than 5,000 people in the Bloomington-Normal area claimed unemployment benefits in March—a ten-fold increase from a year ago that offers a new view of COVID-19’s economic toll. Wages Flat In McLean County, Lagging Rest Of U.S. Economy By Ryan Denham • Mar 6, 2020 Mark Lennihan / AP Wages in McLean County are flat and lagging the rest of the U.S. economy despite low unemployment, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobless Rate Falls Again; Leisure & Hospitality And Retail Add Jobs By Ryan Denham • Nov 21, 2019 Charles Krupa / AP Bloomington-Normal’s jobless rate fell again in October, with employers adding around 400 jobs over the past year, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday. B-N Jobless Rate Continues To Fall By Mary Cullen • Oct 24, 2019 AP Photo/Charles Krupa The Bloomington-Normal unemployment rate in September dropped nearly half a percentage point from last year as the local workforce grew by 100. Report: B-N Area Economy Shed 1,300 Jobs In Past Year By Ryan Denham • Mar 28, 2019 Lynne Sladky / AP The Bloomington-Normal area economy has lost 1,300 jobs in the past year, helping drive up the unemployment rate, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday. MCCA's Next Step Welcomes Employment Program By Mary Cullen • Jul 25, 2018 Mary Cullen / WGLT A new program at Mid Central Community Action (MCCA) provides residents with access to employment coaching and job development. Jobless Rate Falls Again In Bloomington-Normal By Ryan Denham • Mar 15, 2018 bytemarks / Creative Commons/Flickr Bloomington-Normal’s jobless rate has fallen again, making it the lowest among all metro areas in Illinois. Bloomington-Normal Jobless Rate Dips As Economy Adds 1,400 Jobs By Ryan Denham • Oct 26, 2017 Mark Lennihan / The Associated Press Bloomington-Normal's jobless rate fell again in September and remains the lowest among all metro areas in the state, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.