Q-C unemployment second lowest in Illinois

Posted Online: March 14, 2013, 10:37 pm
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January unemployment in the Quad-Cities area was 8.4 percent, the second lowest in the state, behind Bloomington-Normal at 7.7 percent, according to Illinois Department of Employment Security data released on Thursday.

Compared to January 2012, the January 2013 unemployment rate increased in seven of the state's 12 reporting metro areas, dropped in three and stayed the same in two, according to IDES data.

The state's nonseasonally adjusted January unemployment rate was 10.1 percent, compared to the national rate of 8.5 percent.

Decatur had the highest unemployment in the state at 14 percent, followed by Rockford at 13 percent, Kankakee-Bradley at 12.8 percent and Danville at 11.8 percent. Also in the double digits was St. Louis (Ill. section) at 10.3 percent; Lake Kenosha Ill-Wis. at 10.2 percent; and Peoria at 10 percent.

Bloomington-Normal had the lowest unemployment, followed by the Quad-Cities area, which includes Scott County; Springfield at 8.8 percent; Champaign-Urbana at 9.1 percent; and Chicago-Joliet-Naperville at 9.9 percent.

In January 2013, there were 179,500 non-farm jobs in the Quad-Cities area, up 2,100 from January 2012. There were an additional 1,300 jobs in manufacturing, 500 more in professional-business services, 400 more in educational-health services and 300 more each in wholesale trade and transportation-warehousing-utilities. There were 400 less in retail trade and 200 less in government.

January jobless rates in the Quad-Cities region were as follows:

— Rock Island County: 9 percent, down from 9.2 percent in January 2012.
— Scott County, Iowa: 7.5 percent, up from 7.4 in 2012.
— Henry County: 8.5 percent, down from 9.1 percent in 2012.
— Mercer County: 11.6 percent, down from 12 percent in 2012.
— Whiteside County: 11 percent, up from 10.9 percent in 2012.
— Rock Island city: 9 percent, down from 9.6 in 2012.
— Moline city: 8.8 percent, down from 9 percent in 2012.

Illinois has added 222,100 jobs since January 2010, when growth returned to the state.

Leading sectors in Illinois are professional and business services (87,600 more jobs); education and health services (55,800) and trade, transportation and utilities (43,000 more jobs). Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down 26,300 positions.


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