PEORIA — Unemployment in the Peoria area was down significantly in October, compared with the same month last year.

The number of jobs in the region also saw modest growth, according to data released by the state earlier this week.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security report showed the jobless rate in the metropolitan Peoria area standing at 4.7 percent, compared with 6 percent in October 2016. State estimates place the number of unemployed people in the region at 8,400.

Peoria County's rate stood the highest out of the counties in the five-county region, at 5.1 percent. That's down 1.2 percentage points from 6.3 percent a year ago. Woodford County's rate is the lowest, at 3.7 percent, lower than the 4.9 percent in October 2016.

Rates in Marshall, Stark and Tazewell counties also fell, and stand at 4.5 percent, 4.6 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively.

The unemployment level fell year-over-year in each of the state's metro areas. The statewide rate was identical to Peoria's, and had stood at 5.6 percent the year prior.

The region also saw a small increase in jobs available, with the total number of non-farm jobs, not seasonally adjusted, at 177,100 last month, compared with 176,800 the prior October — a gain of 300 jobs.