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QC Area Adds Jobs Again in September

Tables from a Illinois Dept. of Employment Security press release
Tables from a Illinois Dept. of Employment Security press release

The local unemployment rate dropped sharply again last month.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports over the past year, the September jobless rate decreased 2.6 percentage points to 4.1%. That's similar to the year-over-year drop in August.

Spokesman Tom Austin says last month, there were 3,200 more jobs compared to a year ago. And the IDES press release says, "
The Professional-Business Services (-200) sector recorded the largest employment declines compared to one year ago. The Manufacturing (+1,300) and Construction (+1,200) sectors reported the largest payroll gains."

Austin says the job market is tight all over the country for a variety of reasons, including the pandemic and a lack of child care services.

In the Quad Cities area, the last time the September jobless rate was equal to or lower than 4.1% was two years ago (Sept. 2019), when it was 3.8%.

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