PEORIA — Some 4,000 jobs were added in the Peoria region between June 2018 and June 2019, while unemployment rates here shrank by more than one-fifth.
Data released Thursday by the state Department of Employment Security showed the unemployment rate in the Peoria metropolitan statistical area at 4.1% in June, compared to 5.3% a year earlier. Locally that equates to about 7,600 unemployed people who are out of work but looking for work.
The region showed 179,500 jobs last month, compared to 175,500 at the same time a year ago.
That reflects a statewide trend, with unemployment rates shrinking in all 14 of the state's metropolitan areas.
The job growth in the Peoria region was the third-highest percentage increase in the state, behind only the Carbondale-Marion region and the region comprised of Lake County, Illinois, and Kenosha, Wis.
It represents an increase of 2.3% in available jobs in the area. The largest increase in jobs came in the professional and business services area, with 2,000 jobs added. Educational and health services grew by 1,000 jobs, while leisure and hospitality work grew by 700 jobs. Government payrolls grew by 400, and the transportation, warehousing and utilities sector grew by 200. Wholesale trade increased by 200 jobs and construction saw 100 additional jobs. Retail trade declined by 600 jobs.
Statewide unemployment stood at 4%, down from 4.7% a year ago.