As the summer began, unemployment fell in the Quad Cities. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports the jobless rate fell from 4.2 per cent in June of last year, to 3.8 per cent last month - nearly half a percentage point.
There was little change in unemployment in the Quad Cities last month. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the rate moved up just one-tenth of a per cent - from 3.8 per cent a year ago, to 3.9 per cent in April.
It may not seem like it, but rising unemployment in the Quad Cities at the beginning of the new year signalled a strong economy. Unemployment here rose to 5.5 per cent in January, from 5.1 per cent a year ago.
Unemployment rose slightly in the Quad Cities last month - up one-tenth of one per cent to 3.9 per cent. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says there were similar small increases in most of the state in October, mainly due to more people entering the job market and not due to layoffs.