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Unemployment Continues to Decrease in the Quad Cities

Illinois Department of Employment Security

Unemployment fell in the Quad Cities in November, from 4% a year ago to 3.7%.

Tom Austin from the Illinois Department of Employment Security says the Quad Cities added 11,400 jobs last month compared to a year ago.

The sectors with job growth included manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, government, retail, and professional business services. At least some of the gains in manufacturing are due to layoffs in that sector a year ago.

The local market lost about 200 jobs in the information and financial activities sectors.

The Illinois agency says the highest unemployment rate in November was in Knox County at 5.4 per cent. And the lowest rates were in Mercer County at 3.6% percent and Henderson County 3.8%.

Iowa Workforce Development

Also for November, Iowa Workforce Development reports the jobless rate in Scott County was 3.4% percent, and it was 2.8% percent in Dubuque County.

Last month across Illinois, jobless rates were a mixed bag, the unemployment rate increased in five metro areas, decreased in four, and was unchanged in the rest.

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