Illinois Department of Employment Security

Unemployment in the Quad Cities continued at historically high levels last month, but showed a little improvement from April. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports the jobless rate in May was 14.1 per cent, up from just 3.5 per cent during the same month a year ago.

Thanks to the pandemic, unemployment in the Quad Cities has reached the highest April level in nearly 40 years. Our jobless rate hit 15.2 per cent last month - reaching a level last seen here during the farm crisis in the early 1980's (1983).

You could call it the calm before the storm. Unemployment in the Quad Cities went down in March, just ahead of the huge numbers of applications that have since been filed due to the pandemic.

Although it's probably changed a lot since then, the new year started off well for jobs and employment in the Quad Cities. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says our unemployment rate in January fell to 4.7 per cent, from 5.4 per cent in the same month a year ago.

Unemployment dropped slightly in the Quad Cities in October, going from 4 per cent at this time last year, to 3.8 per cent last month. 

Unemployment held steady in the Quad Cities last month at 3.9 per cent - the same as in September of last year. And it was just one-tenth of one per cent higher than in August.

Unemployment in the Quad Cities went down in August, from 4 per cent a year ago to 3.8 per cent last month.

Unemployment held steady in the Quad Cities last month at 3.9 per cent, the same rate as in July a year ago. 

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.

Unemployment fell slightly in the Quad Cities last month - down one-tenth of one per cent during the past year, to 3.5 per cent in May.

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