Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2012, 8:17 pm
Q-C unemployment rate lowest in state again
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September unemployment in the Quad-Cities area was 6.5 percent, the lowest in the state for the fourth consecutive month, according to Illinois Department of Employment Security data released Thursday.
Compared to September 2011, the September 2012 unemployment rate dropped in all the state's 12 reporting metro areas, according to IDES data. The Quad-Cities area September 2011 unemployment was 7.3 percent.
The state's nonseasonally adjusted September unemployment rate was 8.1 percent, compared to the national rate of 7.6 percent. The state's nonseasonally adjusted rate has dropped every month this year, according to IDES.
The largest September declines in state unemployment were: Rockford, down 2.6 percent to 11 percent; Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, down 2.1 percent to 8 percent; and Kankakee-Bradley, down 1.3 percent to 10.5 percent.
Rockford still had the highest unemployment in the state at 11 percent, followed by Kankakee-Bradley at 10.5 percent; Decatur at 10.2 percent; and Danville at 10 percent.
The Quad-Cities area, which includes Scott County, was lowest at 6.5 percent, followed by Bloomington-Normal at 6.7 percent; Springfield at 7.3; Peoria at 7.5; Champaign-Urbana at 7.7 percent; Lake Kenosha, Ill.-Wis. and Chicago-Joliet-Naperville both at 8 percent; and
St. Louis (Ill. section) at 8.2 percent.
Compared to September 2011, there were 800 fewer non-farm jobs in the Quad-Cities area in September 2012. There were an additional 700 jobs in manufacturing, but 1,100 fewer jobs in professional-business services, 900 fewer in retail, 300 fewer in leisure-hospitality.
September jobless rates in the Quad-Cities region were, as follows:
— Rock Island County: 7.2 percent, down from 7.9 in September 2011.
— Scott County, Iowa: 5.8 percent, down from 6.8 in 2011.
— Henry County: 6.4 percent, down from 7.1 percent in 2011.
— Mercer County: 6.8 percent, down from 7.6 percent in 2011.
— Whiteside County: 8.7 percent, down from 9.8 percent in 2011.
— Rock Island city: 8.1 percent, down from 8.8 in 2011.
— Moline city: 6.9 percent, down from 7.4 percent in 2011.
Illinois has added 157,200 jobs since January 2010, when growth returned to the state.
Leading sectors in Illinois are professional and business services (83,100 more jobs); manufacturing (41,200 more jobs); education and health services (38,400).Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down 27,300 positions.