More Employed and Fewer Unemployed in January
Unemployment dropped sharply in the Quad Cities in January - to 5.3 per cent compared with 7.4 per cent during the same month a year ago.
Tom Austin from the Illinois Department of Employment Security says not only did unemployment go down by two percentage points, but the number of people employed increased by nearly 6,000.
"Overall what we've been seeing is changes in the labor force as far as demand by employers looking for workers, as the area starts to come out of the pandemic. So there are some positive signs when we look overall at the effects of the pandemic, when we start to see return to work in industries that were especially hard hit, especially leisure and hospitality."
The biggest jobs gains here occurred in manufacturing, and leisure and hospitality, and the Quad Cities lost jobs in just one category, education and health services.
And for the tenth month in a row, unemployment rates fell in all 14 major metropolitan areas in Illinois.