The Illinois Department of Employment Security, or IDES, reported continued job growth and a higher unemployment rate for the Quad-Cities in January. 

IDES reported on Thursday the Illinois Quad-Cities unemployment rate rose to 5.5 percent in January, compared to 5.1 percent in January 2018, a 0.4 percent increase. 

In December, the metro’s unemployment rate also rose slightly, to 4.5 percent, as more people entered the workforce to find jobs. 

The Quad-Cities’ January rate was slightly higher than Illinois’ statewide unemployment rate, which was 5.3 percent — that’s an increase from the same month last year, when the rate was 5.1 percent. 

The IDES reported there were 10,600 unemployed people in the Quad-Cities metro, which includes the bi-state

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