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