Unemployment Drops in the QC

May  22, 2014

      Unemployment fell sharply in the Quad Cities in April. It dropped from 6.4 per cent at this time a year ago, to 5.7 per cent last month. 

      Tom Austin from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, says we're tied with Springfield for the second lowest jobless rate in Illinois, and just two-tenths of one per cent higher than Bloomington and Normal. He says a big loss of government jobs in the Quad Cities during the past year, was more than offset by gains in leisure and hospitality, retail, and professional and business services. 

      "The important part about professional and business services is that some of our employment agencies are included in that industry. So as employers are starting to add back individuals, often they'll turn to these staffing management companies first to start to add employment. So it's a poitive sign when we see increases in that industry."

      Unemployment in our area ranged from a low of 5.1 per cent in Scott County, to 6.1 in Henry County, 6.3 in Rock Island County, and 6.6 per cent in Mercer County.

      The April unemployment rate for the Quad Cities was the lowest for that month in six years.