Report: Jobs up across all Illinois metro areas

(WEEK) — Jobs are up in all metro areas in Illinois for the first time in 19 years.

The latest report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security shows Illinois added 78,100 non-farm jobs in July 2019 compared to July 2018.

The Peoria metro area added 500 jobs to make it 176,700. This comes after the jobs report in July claiming Peoria added 4,000 jobs over the last year.

The unemployment rate in Peoria dipped by .6 percent to 4.5 percent, just above the statewide rate of 4.2 percent.

Other metro areas in central Illinois saw increases as well:

  • Bloomington metro area added 200 jobs (89,900) and unemployment fell by .5 percent to 4.1 percent.
  • Champaign- Urbana metro area added 1,700 jobs (108,200) and unemployment fell by .7 percent to 4.2 percent
  • Decatur metro area added 700 jobs (52,300) and unemployment fell by .6 percent to 5.4 percent
  • Springfield metro area added 1,500 jobs (115,900) and unemployment fell by .4 percent to 3.9 percent.

The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas included leisure and hospitality (13 of 14), mining and construction (10 of 14), government (9 of 14), manufacturing (8 of 14), professional and business services (8 of 14) and education and health services (8 of 14).

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