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State officials say thousands of Illinoisans will have delayed unemployment checks this week due to computer problems.

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Four years ago, the big story in the Bloomington-Normal economy was the closure of Mitsubishi’s manufacturing plant and the loss of 1,200 jobs. Some workers got retrained and found new jobs. Others left the area forever.

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After several months of rising unemployment rates and fewer local positions, the Bloomington-Normal area economy got some good news in Thursday’s state jobs report.

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McLean County’s consistently low unemployment rate has long been a point of pride. (Thanks, State Farm and Illinois State University.)

Yet the jobless rate doesn’t tell the whole story of what it’s like to live and work here.

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The Bloomington-Normal area economy has lost 1,000 jobs in the past year, mostly in the financial services sector, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

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Unemployment is up in the Bloomington-Normal area, with 4,650 people out of work, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

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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.

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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.

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The jobless rate rose in Bloomington-Normal and 12 other Illinois metro areas in December, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Friday.

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The Bloomington-Normal area economy's unemployment rate increased by half of a percentage point between September and October, rising to 4.1 percent.

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Unemployment in Bloomington-Normal held steady at 3.6 percent last month compared to September 2017.

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

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Bloomington-Normal is one of three metro areas in Illinois which lost jobs over the last year.

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Bloomington-Normal’s jobless rate rose in June, though state officials say that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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The Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council released its latest quarterly update showing record low unemployment rates and a slight increase in jobs over 2017.

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Bloomington-Normal added 500 jobs over the last year to maintain a share of the lowest unemployment rate in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday that the local jobless rate dropped to 3.3 percent in May, down from 3.7 percent in May 2017, totaling 95,000 jobs.

IDES said unemployment rates dropped over-the-year in all of the state’s metro areas.

“For the third consecutive month, the unemployment rate is below the previous year levels in all metro areas,” IDES Director Jeff Mays said in a news release.

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The Bloomington-Normal area's jobless rate plunged to 3.1 percent in April, the lowest rate for that month since 2000, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

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Amid the many moves by State Farm Insurance comes a hiring fair.

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Bloomington-Normal unemployment has dropped to 3.6 percent for February. That was down more than a point from the same month last year, according to the Department of Employment Security.

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Bloomington-Normal’s jobless rate has fallen again, making it the lowest among all metro areas in Illinois.

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The Bloomington-Normal economy has added 1,100 jobs in the past year, as the local jobless rate fell to just 3.8 percent in December, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

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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.

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Bloomington-Normal's jobless rate sank to 3.8 percent in October, as the local economy added 900 jobs in construction, professional and business services, and other sectors.

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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.

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Bloomington-Normal's jobless rate continued to fall in August, as the local economy added around 1,700 jobs in the past year, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

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McLean County government must cut up to 25 people from its workforce, County Administrator Bill Wasson said Monday during a Board Finance Committee meeting.

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Bloomington-Normal’s jobless rate continued its decline in July, as the local economy added more jobs in professional and business services and leisure and hospitality.

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Bloomington-Normal's jobless rate fell again last month, with the area adding more jobs than other metro areas in the state, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday.

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The Bloomington Normal area edged under 4-percent unemployment last month. That's according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Economists suggest the lowest possible level of unemployment is about that 3.8-percent mark.

Compared to a year ago, the twin cities had 900 more jobs in May.

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March unemployment in Bloomington Normal was down more than a full point from the same time last year.

According to the State Department of Employment Security, the jobless rate in the twin cities in March was 4.3 percent.

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