The unemployment rate in the Quad-Cities fell to 7.2 percent in August, down from 7.5 percent for the same month in 2011, and was again the lowest among metropolitan areas in Illinois.
Unemployment dropped in 11 of 12 metro areas in the state in August, according to numbers released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security on Thursday. Decatur was the only metro area to show an increase. The Illinois jobless rate for August was 8.9 percent. Nationally, the rate for August was 8.2 percent.
Economic sectors that showed the most job growth in August were manufacturing, transportation, warehousing and utilities, according to the IDES.
Bloomington-Normal had the second lowest unemployment rate at 7.3 percent in August. The highest jobless rate was 11.7 percent in Rockford, although the rate was down from 13.8 percent a year ago.
"This economic cycle is filled with small up-and-down movements in the monthly data, and August shows falling unemployment rates in nearly every corner of our state," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "While the uneven movements shadow the progress that we have made, stronger economic growth will occur when consumer confidence improves."
Monthly not seasonally adjusted jobless number released by the IDES are subject to revision and only include the unemployed who are actively looking for work.
August jobless rate
August jobless rate 2012 2011 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island 7.2% 7.5% Bloomington-Normal 7.3% 7.8% Champaign-Urbana 8.8% 9.3% Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 8.8% 10.5% Danville 11% 11.1% Decatur 11.4% 11.2% Kankakee-Bradley 11.4% 12.4% Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI 8.8% 9.4% Peoria 8% 9% Rockford 11.7% 13.8% Springfield 7.9% 8% St. Louis (IL-Section) 9.4% 10.1% Source: Illinois Department of Unemployment Security
Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural. 1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m.. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.