Q-C had third lowest state unemployment in July

Posted Online: Aug. 21, 2014, 6:43 pm
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The Quad-Cities area had 6.6 percent unemployment in July, third in the state behind Bloomington-Normal and Springfield, which tied at 6.5 percent, according to Illinois Department of Employment Security data released Thursday.
Compared to July 2013, the July 2014 unemployment rate decreased in all 12 of the state's reporting metro areas for the fourth consecutive month, according to IDES data.

The state's nonseasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 7 percent, compared to the national rate of 6.5 percent.

Danville and Decatur had the highest unemployment rates in the state at 9.5 percent, followed by Rockford at 9.4 percent, Kankakee-Bradley at 8.7 percent; Peoria at 7.6 percent; Champaign-Urbana at 7.2 percent.

Behind Bloomington-Normal, Springfield and the Quad-Cities were Chicago-Joliet-Naperville and Lake Kenosha Ill.-Wis., each at 6.8 percent; and St. Louis (Illinois section) at 6.9 percent.

In July, there were 184,900 nonfarm jobs in the Quad-Cities area, up 500 from 184,400 in July 2013.

There were 900 more in professional-business services, 700 more in leisure-hospitality and 100 more each in financial activities, retail trade and wholesale trade.

There 500 fewer jobs in education-health services, 400 fewer in government, 300 fewer in construction and 200 fewer in other services.

July jobless rates in the Quad-Cities region were as follows:
Rock Island County: 7.1 percent, down from 7.9 percent in July 2013.
Scott County, Iowa: 6.1 percent, up from 5.8 percent in 2013.
Henry County: 6.9 percent, down from 7.5 in 2013.
Mercer County: 6.2 percent, down from 7 percent 2013.
Whiteside County: 7.9 percent, down from 10 percent in 2013.
Rock Island city: 7.1 percent, down from 8.5 in 2013.
Moline city: 7 percent, down from 7.5 percent in 2013.


Local events heading

  Today is Monday, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2014. There are 107 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.

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