Illinois’ April unemployment rates lower than last year

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Unemployment rates overall in the Quad Cities and in other Illinois metropolitan areas have fallen and employment in certain areas has grown.

According to data released on Thursday, May 22, 2014 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security, April unemployment rates in Illinois metropolitan areas were at the lowest they had been in six years.

“Across our state, the unemployment rate today is lower than it was one year ago and at its lowest level since 2008,” said IDES Director Jay Rowell. “Independent data again shows that our economy continues to move forward.”

In the QC jobs within Professional-Business Services grew from the previous year, as did retail trade, leisure-hospitality, and transportation-warehousing utilities.

Government, construction, and information jobs decreased.

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