Posted Online: Nov. 21, 2012, 10:23 pm
Unemployment in the Q-C area down
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By Anthony Watt firstname.lastname@example.org
The Quad-Cities area's unemployment rate for October is among the lowest for the 12 Illinois metropolitan regions in the state compared to the same time in 2011.
An Illinois Department of Employment Security report released Wednesday states the preliminary unemployment rate for the Quad-Cities — including Davenport — was at 6.9 percent compared to October 2011, when it was 7.6 percent. The only area with a lower rate was Bloomington-Normal with 6.6 percent compared to 7.3 percent in 2011.
Statewide, the unemployment rate was 8.4 percent in October, compared to 9.5 percent in October of 2011. The figures are non-seasonally adjusted.
The highest rate was for the Rockford area, the report states. That area's unemployment for October was 10.8 percent, but that count was much lower than last October, when it was 12.6 percent.
By county, the Quad-Cities had some of the lowest unemployment rates for the area in October, the report states. Rock Island County had 7.9 percent compared to 8.7 percent in 2011; Henry County had 6.9 percent compared to 7 percent; Mercer County had 6.8 percent compared to 7.6 percent; Whiteside County had 8.9 percent compared to 10.2 percent; and Scott County had 6 percent compared to 6.8 percent in October 2011.
Statewide this is the ninth consecutive month rates have showed a decline or remained flat compared to the previous year, the report states. The unemployment rate measures the number of people who are not working, but looking for a job. Anyone who has used up or is not qualified for unemployment benefits are also counted if they are looking for work.