PEORIA — Unemployment in the Peoria area was down again last month.
Data released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security says that the unemployment rate in the Peoria metropolitan area was 4.2 percent in May, down from 4.8 percent in May 2017. That means, according to a state release, 7,600 unemployed people in the region.
The rate decreased in all of the state's metropolitan areas, year-over-year.
Job numbers also climbed, with the Peoria region seeing a net increase of 300 jobs in May 2018 compared to the same month a year ago.
The bulk of the job gains came in the field of business and professional services, which grew by 1,900 jobs, year-over-year. Transportation, warehousing and utilities grew by 400 jobs, while a general "other services" category grew by 100 jobs.
Manufacturing, however, saw a drop of 800 employees between May 2017 and May 2018. Construction employment fell by 400, government jobs by 300, leisure and hospitality by 200, retail trade by 200, wholesale trade by 100, and education and health services by 100.