Q-C job numbers continue to improve


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Posted Online: Dec. 27, 2012, 9:59 pm
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com
The Quad-Cities continues to have low unemployment compared to the rest of Illinois, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The local jobless figure for November was 6.4 percent -- the second lowest of12 metroareas in Illinois -- and down from 7.4 percent a year ago. Bloomington-Normal has the lowest unemployment in the state, at 6.1 percent; Rockford has the highest, at 10.5 percent, and the state total for November was 8.2 percent. All metro areas but Decatur saw a lower jobless rate for the month compared to last year, IDES said.

"The trend of falling unemployment rates across Illinois shows that our economy continues to improve," IDES director Jay Rowell said in a news release. "The largest challenge to local economic growth is the fiscal cliff. Economic progress could slow at every level and we risk another recession if Congress does not work together to craft a solution."

The so-called "fiscal cliff" is the combination of deep federal spending cuts and tax increases due to take effect on Tuesday. The national unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in November and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. Two years ago, the Q-C had a 7.9-percent jobless rate.

Industry sectors increasing in the most Illinois metro areas for November were leisure and hospitality, and manufacturing.

Thursday's report represents the 10th consecutive month that the Q-C unemployment rate has been below or equal to the level a year ago. Locally, government and manufacturing jobs recorded the largest gains, while professional and business services, construction, and retail trade posted the largest Q-C declines from November 2011.






Q-C area unemployment rates

                                                                                        Nov. 2012        Nov. 2011


Davenport-Moline-Rock Island metro area                       6.4%                7.4%
Rock Island County                                                           7.0%                8.1%
Henry County                                                                     6.5%                7.1%
Mercer County                                                                   6.4%                7.6%
Scott County                                                                      6.0%                6.8%
Whiteside County                                                              8.6%                9.6%
Rock Island (city)                                                               7.6%                8.8%
Moline (city)                                                                        6.6%                7.9%

Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security
   












 



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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