The Quad-Cities area had the lowest unemployment in the state in February, at 7.9 percent, the same as in February 2013, according to Illinois Department of Employment Security data released Thursday. |
Compared to February 2013, the February 2014 unemployment rate decreased in nine of the state's 12 reporting metro areas and increased in three. Bloomington-Normal was 8 percent, up from 7.7 percent; Danville was 12.8 percent, up from 11.9 percent in February 2013; and Peoria was 10.1 percent, up from 10 percent in 2013.
The state's nonseasonally adjusted February unemployment rate was 9.4 percent, compared to the national rate of 7 percent.
Danville had the highest unemployment at 12.8 percent, followed by Decatur at 12.7; Rockford and Kankakee-Bradley at 12.1 percent each; and Peoria at 10.1 percent.
In the single digits behind the Quad-Cities area were Bloomington-Normal at 8 percent; Champaign-Urbana at 8.7 percent; Springfield at 8.6 percent; Chicago-Joliet-Naperville at 9 percent; St. Louis (Ill.-section) at 9.2; and Lake Kenosha, Ill.-Wis., at 9.5 percent.
In February, there were 178,700 nonfarm jobs in the Quad-Cities area, down 1,700 from February 2013.
There were 1,400 fewer jobs in government, 1,000 fewer in manufacturing, 300 fewer in construction and 100 fewer each in services and other services, compared to February 2013.
There were an additional 800 jobs in leisure-hospitality, 200 in trade and 100 each in wholesale trade and transportation-warehousing-utilities.
February jobless rates in the Quad-Cities region were as follows:
— Rock Island County: 8.7 percent, the same as in February 2013.
— Scott County, Iowa: 6.7 percent, the same as in 2013.
— Henry County: 8.7 percent, up from 8.4 in 2013.
— Mercer County: 11.6 percent, up from 11.2 percent in 2013.
— Whiteside County: 9.9 percent, down from 10.5 in 2013.
— Rock Island city: 9 percent, the same as in 2013.
— Moline city: 8.6 percent, up from 8.5 percent in 2013.