The Peoria Metro area's July unemployment rate is 7.6 percent.
The rate is up from the 7.3 percent rate reported in June. But, compared to July, 2013 Peoria's unemployment rate is down 2.3 percent.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the Peoria Metro area showed the largest decrease in jobs, losing 2,800 since July of last year.
Comparing year-to-year numbers, the agency says July unemployment rates fell in every Illinois metro area for the fourth consecutive month and most are at six year lows.
Illinois' July unemployment rate was 6.8 percent.