BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington-Normal continued to add jobs in December as Illinois jobless rates declined for a seventh month.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security said fewer people were unemployed in December in Central Illinois than a year ago, and more jobs were available compared to 2016.
Some 94,500 jobs were filled in the Bloomington metropolitan statistical area in December, compared to 93,400 in December 2016. The 3.8 percent jobless rate compared to 4.9 percent in 2016. Statewide, the rate was 4.7 percent in 2017 compared to 5.6 percent in 2016.
Lower jobless rates also were recorded in December for Carbondale, Champaign-Urbana, the Chicago suburbs, Danville, the Quad Cities, Decatur, Elgin, Kankakee, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield and the Illinois section of the St. Louis metro area.
Year-over-year comparisons for December, by county, were McLean County, 3.7 percent (4.9 percent in 2016); DeWitt, 4.7 percent (5.7 percent); LaSalle, 5.5 percent (6.9 percent); Livingston, 4 percent (5.3 percent); Logan, 4.3 percent (5.2 percent); Tazewell, 4.8 percent (6.4 percent); and Woodford, 3.8 percent (5.3 percent).
The city of Bloomington had a rate of 3.9 percent (4.8 percent). The town of Normal had a rate of 3.4 percent (4.6 percent).