December unemployment in the Quad-Cities area was 7.1 percent, the second lowest in the state, behind Bloomington-Normal at 6.2 percent, according to Illinois Department of Employment Security data released Friday.|
Compared to December 2011, the December 2012 unemployment rate dropped in nine of the state's 12 reporting metro areas, increased in one and stayed the same in two, according to IDES data. The Quad-Cities area December 2011 unemployment was 7.8 percent.
The state's nonseasonally adjusted December unemployment rate was 8.6 percent, compared to the national rate of 7.6 percent.
The largest December declines in unemployment were St. Louis (Ill. section), down 1.5 percent to 8.3 percent; Kankakee-Bradley, down 1.2 percent to 10.5 percent; and Rockford, down 1.1 percent to 11.2.
Decatur had the highest unemployment in the state at 11.8 percent, followed by Rockford at 11.2 percent, Kankakee-Bradley at 10.5 percent and Danville at 10.4 percent.
Bloomington-Normal had the lowest unemployment, followed by the Quad-Cities area, which includes Scott County; Springfield at 7.2 percent; Champaign-Urbana at 7.4 percent; Peoria and St. Louis (Illinois section) at 8.3 percent each; Lake Kenosha (Illinois-Wisconsin) at 8.5 percent; and Chicago-Joliet-Naperville at8.6 percent.
In December 2012, there were 176,900 nonfarm jobs in the Quad-Cities area, down 1,100 from December 2011. There were an additional 200 jobs each in government, leisure-hospitality and transportation-warehousing-utilities, but 700 fewer jobs in construction, 600 fewer in retail and 500 fewer in professional-business services.
December jobless rates in the Quad-Cities region were, as follows:
— Rock Island County: 7.6 percent, down from 8.5 in December 2011.
— Scott County, Iowa: 6.5 percent, down from 7.1 in 2011.
— Henry County: 7.3 percent, down from 8 percent in 2011.
— Mercer County: 8 percent, down from 9.6 percent in 2011.
— Whiteside County: 9.3 percent, down from 9.8 percent in 2011.
— Rock Island city: 8.2 percent, down from 9.4 in 2011.
— Moline city: 7.1 percent, down from 8 percent in 2011.
Illinois has added 167,000 jobs since January 2010, when growth returned to the state.
Leading sectors in Illinois are professional and business services (79,500 more jobs);education and health services (79,500); andmanufacturing (39,800 more jobs). Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down 30,700 positions.
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