Unemployment Fell Slightly in March

April  24, 2014

      Unemployment fell in the Quad Cities in March, but not by much. The local jobless rate went from 7.2 per cent at this time last year, to 7.1 per cent last month. 

      Tom Austin, from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, says local, state, and federal governments continued to cut jobs, and there was a temporary layoff for some manufacturing workers. 

      "We did see some declines, partly due to temporary layoffs and some existing layoffs, in addition to some seasonal weather fluctuations for construction. But we did see some employment gains in other industries."

      Job gains in the Quad Cities in March occurred in leisure and hospitality, retail, and transportation, warehousing, and utilities.

      Austin expects construction employment will go up this month, now that warmer weather has finally arrived.

      At 7.1 per cent, the Quad Cities tied with Bloomington and Normal in March for the lowest unemployment rate in Illinois. Springfield was next at 7.4 per cent. At the other end of the scale were Rockford at 10.9 per cent, and Decatur and Danville tied at  11.1.