Quad Cities Unemployment Continues to Fall
Unemployment fell one full percentage point in the Quad Cities last month. In June, the unemployment rate fell from 6 to 5 percent from the previous year, to 97-hundred unemployed people.
Tom Austin, with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, says the decline is a result of fewer people actively seeking jobs.
While the overall unemployment rate declined, Austin says there were job losses in some industries, including manufacturing, which lost 900 jobs. The educational-health service, professional-business services, and government sectors also lost jobs, while leisure-hospitality and retail report large gains.
Austin says the Quad Cities used to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in Illinois, but now it's closer to the average.