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Peoria metro area unemployment rate rises to 17.8%


SPRINGFIELD (WEEK) -- The unemployment rate in the Peoria metro area has jumped to 17.8 percent, the Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Friday.

The department reported non-farm payroll employment for April 2020 in the area decreased by 30,500 compared to 2019.

The largest loss was in the leisure and hospitality fields with a decrease 13,800. Professional and business services industries saw a decline of 3,500 and retail is down 2,800.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates (percent) for Local Counties and Areas

Labor Market AreaApr 2020Apr 2019Over the Year Change
Bloomington MSA   
De Witt County11.4 %3.8 %7.6
McLean County13.0 %3.2 %9.8
Peoria MSA   
Marshall County14.8 %4.2 %10.6
Peoria County19.4 %4.4 %15.0
Stark County14.0 %6.0 %8.0
Tazewell County17.5 %3.7 %13.8
Woodford County12.7 %3.2 %9.5
Illinois Department of Employment Security

Statewide the unemployment rate rose to 16.9%, according to the IDES.

The most affected metro area in Illinois is Rockford, which saw its unemployment rate jump to 22.4%.

The Bloomington metro area's unemployment rate was reported at 12.8%.

“With every corner of our nation impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is time for the federal government to provide state and local governments with additional relief,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “Our administration is focused on helping small businesses rebuild and ensuring working families recover as communities across the state begin safely reopening their economies next week.”

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