Unemployment Holds Steady

December  05, 2013

      Unemployment nearly held steady in the Quad Cities this fall. The jobless rate rose slightly in September, compared to the same month a year ago, and then was the same in October, as last year.

      Tom Austin from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, says the Quad Cities added about 16-hundred jobs during the past year. 

      "Most of that growth was found in industries such as construction, retail trade, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality."

       And those increases more than offset a decline in the number of government workers, and a small drop in manufacturing employment.

      Austin says even though the Quad Cities added jobs this fall, our unemployment rate held steady. 

      "At some point, people who may have left the labor force see that the rate is returning. Jobs have been growing so some of those people start to re-enter the labor force to take advantage of those new opportunities."

      In the Quad Cities, unemployment fell about half a percentage point in Scott County, held steady in Mercer County, and rose one full percentage point in both Rock Island and Henry counties.  The reports for both months were delayed because of the government shutdown in early October.