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Unemployment rate rose to 15.2% in Peoria metro area in May


SPRINGFIELD (WEEK) -- All metro areas throughout Illinois reported more job losses in May, with the Peoria metro area among the hardest hit regions as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues.

Statewide, the unemployment rate for non-farm jobs was at 14.7% compared to 3.5% in May 2019, according to the latest report by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The Peoria metro area reported a 15.2% unemployment rate, behind the Chicago area at 15.4% and Rockford area at 19.3%.

The Bloomington metro area was reporting one of the state's lowest unemployment rates of 10.9%.

“Illinois’ transition into Phase 4 of the Reopen Illinois Plan is another positive step toward the recovery of our state and local economies,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes in a prepared statement.  “We will continue to closely monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and make necessary adjustments to ensure the health and safety of our citizens while continuing to provide families and small businesses the resources they need for recovery.”

The IDES also reported a loss of 28,800 non-farm jobs in May 2020 compared to last year.

The hardest hit industry in the Peoria was in leisure-hospitality with a loss of 1,425 jobs and manufacturing was second with a loss of 1,350 jobs.

In the Peoria metro area, these counties reported the following:

Labor Market AreaMay 2020May 2019Over the Year Change
Bloomington MSA   
De Witt County9.6 %3.5 %6.1
McLean County11.0 %3.1 %7.9
Peoria MSA   
Marshall County11.4 %3.9 %7.5
Peoria County17.1 %4.3 %12.8
Stark County11.2 %4.7 %6.5
Tazewell County14.5 %3.5 %11.0
Woodford County10.3 %3.1 %7.2
Illinois Department of Employment Security
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