PEORIA — Unemployment fell in each of the state's metropolitan areas in July, compared to the same month last year.
State data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security said the Peoria region saw a decrease of 0.6 percentage points, with unemployment in July dropping to 4.9 percent.
The region also saw a net growth of 500 jobs compared to the number that had existed in July 2017.
“The number of employed people increased in all metro areas, which contributed to the decrease in the unemployment rate,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays in a prepared statement. “This has driven the unemployment rate down to near record lows across the state. In fact, the Chicago metro area had its lowest July unemployment rate on record.”
Across the metropolitan area, unemployment remains the highest in Peoria County, which had a July rate of 5.3 percent. That, however, improved from the 5.8 percent it stood at in July 2017. The lowest area unemployment was registered in Woodford County, which had a 3.7 percent rate, down from 4.2 percent in July last year.