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, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.

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