December 27, 2012
Unemployment in the Quad Cities fell again in November - from 7.4 per cent a year ago to 6.4 per cent last month. It's the 11th month in a row that the rate has fallen or stayed the same compared to the previous year.
Tom Austin, from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, says the drop of one full percentage point results from a mixture of jobless increases and decreases in the various sectors - fewer jobs in construction and retail, but more in manufacturing, government, and education.
And once again, the Quad Cities had one of the lowest unemployment rates in Illinois in November - it ranked second lowest among the 12 major metropolitan areas - second only to Bloomington and Normal where it was 6.1 per cent.
Unemployment ranged from 6 per cent in Scott County, to 6.5 per cent in Mercer and Henry counties, to 7 per cent in Rock island County.