Question: True or false? As Bloomington-based State Farm broadens its presence across America with new hubs near Atlanta, Dallas and Phoenix, a new poll indicates it might be having an effect on job growth in Bloomington-Normal.
Answer: That’d be true if you believe a 2017 poll by WalletHub.com, a national research firm and business website. Of America’s 515 metropolitan areas, it lists Bloomington-Normal as having the fourth slowest job growth in all the U.S. Decatur has the worst job growth in the U.S., says WalletHub. Peoria is listed as third worst. Besides Bloomington-Normal, the other two in the “bottom five” are Shreveport, La., and Wichita Falls, Texas.