QC Unemployment Lowest in Illinois

Jul 26, 2018

Not only did unemployment fall again in the Quad Cities last month, but it fell to the lowest level of any major metropolitan area in Illinois.

Tom Austin from the Illinois Department of Employment Security says the jobless rate here in June was 4 per cent, down from 4.3 per cent at this time a year ago. 

"When we're looking at the manufacturing sector as well as professional and business services, which we've talked about in the past are somewhat tied together there supporting industry. As well as increases in leisure and hospitality - those have all contributed to growth when we look at employment."

The Quad Cities added 2,100 jobs during the past year, including 700 in manufacturing and 1,500 in professional and business services. But we lost 500 in retail and 400 more from the government sector.

June's unemployment rate of 4 per cent translates into about 7,800 people in the Quad Cities area who were out of work AND looking for jobs.