Unemployment held steady in the Quad Cities last month - at 3.7 per cent - the same as in November a year ago. But the rate rose in nearly every other major metropolitan area in Illinois.
State figures show the Quad Cities lost jobs in retail and professional and business services, but that was more than offset by gains in manufacturing, financial activities, transportation and warehousing, and construction. So there was a net gain of 1,700 jobs in November, compared to the same month last year.
Our unemployment rate of 3.7 per cent means an estimated 7,100 people were out of work and looking for jobs.