January 08, 2021

Employment dips as COVID restrictions return

Greater Peoria’s total labor force decreased by more than 10,000 in November due to a sharp decrease in the number of employed persons, likely tied to COVID-related restaurant closings. This 6% decrease in labor force is the most severe decline of 2020 to date and is 15,569 below the November 2019 total. The unemployment rate rose to 6.1% in November, just below the state and national rates of 6.5% and 6.4% respectively.

Yearly growth (Labor Force)

The data below compares the year over year growth in labor force for the Greater Peoria region.

Jobs by Industry

This data reflects the Peoria MSA and is based on “where jobs are” rather than” where workers work” as you see above. Click on each industry to compare year-over-year growth and totals.

Decreases in Leisure and Hospitality jobs account for the majority of lost jobs. These losses are likely tied to Phase 3 mitigations requiring restaurants to operate under capacity and operating restrictions.