Unemployment rate falls slightly in October 2019 for Quad-Cities area

Unemployment rate falls slightly in October 2019 for Quad-Cities area

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Ironworkers carefully guide the steel arch segment for the Iowa-bound bridge Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. Construction jobs in the Quad-Cities increased in October, according to U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.

Unemployment fell slightly, from September to October, for the Quad-Cities area.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the unemployment rate for Davenport-Moline-Rock Island metropolitan area fell from 3.9% in September to 3.8% in October.

That's the same rate, 3.8%, as August 2019 and lower than last October's rate of 4%. The last time October's unemployment rate was equal or lower than 3.8% was in 2006 when it was 3.7%, a news release said.

For the QCA, there were job gains in construction, transportation-warehousing-utilites and wholesale trade, but losses in retail trade, leisure-hospitality and financial activities.

Each of Illinois' 14 metropolitan areas saw an unemployment rate decrease in October.

“Communities in every corner of the state have experienced sustained job growth throughout this year. By passing the bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital plan and legislation like the minimum wage increase, Governor Pritzker is ensuring the state’s economy continues to thrive,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes in a news release.

In Iowa, Scott County unemployment was 2.9% for October 2019, up from 2.4% a year ago, and Clinton County's jobless rate was 2.9%, up from 2.6% in October 2018. Muscatine County, Iowa, had a jobless rate of 2.3% in October 2019, up from 2.0% a year ago.

Statewide, Iowa's unemployment rate was 2.6% while Illinois, and the U.S. overall, was at 3.6%.

The unemployment rate measures people who are out of work and who are actively looking for work.

October jobless rates for the Quad-City region were:

  • Henry County: 4.3%, down from 5.1% in October 2018.
  • Mercer County: 4.2%, down from 5.0% a year ago.
  • Rock Island County: 4.8%, down from 5.5% last October.
  • City of Galesburg: 4.8%, down from 5.7% a year ago.
  • City of Moline: 4.7%, down from 5.2%.
  • City of Rock Island: 3.6%, down from 4.2%.
  • Bureau County: 3.9%, down from 4.8%.
  • Fulton County: 4.8%, down from 5.7%.
  • Henderson County: 3.5%, down from 4.8%.
  • Knox County: 4.7%, down from 5.4%.
  • Stark County: 4.6%, down from 5.7%.
  • Warren County: 3.6%, down from 4.2%.
  • Whiteside County: 4.0%, down from 4.5%.
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