SPRINGFIELD- There's mixed news on the local labor front. The latest report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security Wednesday shows Peoria's jobless rate inched up from 7.5 percent in September to 7.7 percent in October. That is better than a year ago when unemployment stood locally at 8.6 percent. In the Twin Cities, the jobless rate fell slightly from 6.7 percent to 6.6 percent in October. Peoria had one of the largest increases in the state with 2000 new jobs created , up 1.1 percent with many of those jobs coming from manufacturing and leisure and hospitality.
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