Jobs McLean, Peoria Counties Were Polar Opposites On Wages Before Pandemic Hit By Ryan Denham • Aug 27, 2020 Ashley Binkowski / WGLT Wages for Bloomington-Normal and Peoria workers were headed in very different directions when the pandemic hit like a freight train, according to newly released economic data. With Job Offers Pulled Back, Career Advisors Urge College Grads To Stay Open-Minded By Cindy Hernandez • May 5, 2020 Illinois State University / Flickr As graduation approaches for college seniors, career advisers say they should prepare to enter a job market that looks different. 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. Bridgestone Plant Renovations Near Completion By Eric Stock • Oct 15, 2019 Staff / WGLT The Bridgestone Off-Road Tire plant in Normal is nearly finished with a $12 million renovation. Peoria Sees Job Growth, But Still Lags Behind the Pack By Mary Cullen & Charlie Schlenker • Sep 24, 2019 While the Peoria area is showing job growth, it still lags national averages. Town Council Candidates Connect The Dots On Housing, Wages And Economic Development By Breanna Grow • Mar 7, 2019 Amy Niebur / WGLT When it comes to financial incentives for developers, candidates for Normal Town Council say who receives incentives is just as important as how much they receive. Project Oz Program Helps Youths Find A Job—And A Second Chance By Ryan Denham • Feb 15, 2019 Ryan Denham / WGLT Young adulthood is often carved up into milestones—your first job, car, house, or child. For Tre Whitelow of Bloomington, it was a much smaller achievement that became a turning point of sorts. He recently got his first wallet, at age 21. 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. Bridgestone To Add Workers, Make $12 Million Investment At Normal Plant By Ryan Denham • Jul 17, 2018 Staff / WGLT The Bridgestone plant in Normal will add 30 new employees as part of a $12 million investment, the tiremaker announced Tuesday. State Farm To Hire 300 Workers Monday By Charlie Schlenker • May 11, 2018 Staff / WGLT Amid the many moves by State Farm Insurance comes a hiring fair. Fewer Retail Jobs In Bloomington-Normal As Shopping Habits Evolve By Ryan Denham • Jan 22, 2018 LM Otero / AP When a big local retailer like JCPenney or Gordmans closes its doors, it becomes another chapter in the “retail apocalypse” storyline that predicts the end of brick-and-mortar shopping.