PEORIA — Unemployment figures increased in most metropolitan areas around the state last month, including Peoria, according to state figures released Wednesday.
Here that meant an increase to 4.8 percent unemployment, compared with 4.5 percent last October. That means an estimated 8,700 unemployed people, says the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
All other regions of the state saw increases in unemployment except the Chicago metropolitan area, which includes the suburban collar counties, and the Danville area.
In addition to the increased unemployment, total non-farm jobs decreased by about 100.
Job gains were reported in the fields of professional and business services, with 1,600 more available, and manufacturing, where 600 more became available. The largest declines came in the leisure and hospitality industry, with 1,100 fewer jobs year-over-year, and government, with 600 fewer jobs in the same time span.
The largest increase in unemployment came in Stark County, where it climbed a full percentage point, year-over-year. It stood at 5.4 percent in October. Peoria County saw an increase of 0.4 percentage points, from 4.9 percent to 5.3 percent. The lowest increase in the metropolitan area came in Tazewell County, which only grew 0.2 percentage points, from 4.3 percent to 4.5 percent.