The jobless rate in the Quad Cities fell to 5.5% last month, from 5.9% in Dec., 2015.
Tom Austin, from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, says while the number of people without jobs declined 0.4%, the number of employed people also declined, by 1,900 compared to the same period a year ago.
The manufacturing sector lost 1,500 jobs last month, leisure and hospitality lost 600, and 300 jobs were lost in professional and business services.
The government sector in the Quad Cities gained 700 jobs and education and health services added 300.
The 5.5% unemployment rate translates into 10,200 people unsuccessfully looking for jobs in the Quad Cities area. That includes Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Scott counties.