QC’s unadjusted employment rate drops to 3.7% in December from a year ago | Local News

The unemployment rate for the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island metropolitan statistical area fell to an unadjusted 3.7% in December from a year ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

This is down from an unadjusted unemployment rate of 6.1% in December 2020.

Not being seasonally adjusted means that the data has not been modified or calculated to reflect the impact of seasonal or calendar-related influences.

The last time the unadjusted December unemployment rate was at or below 3.7% was in 1998, when it was 3.4%.

Total non-farm employment increased by 6,200 compared to December 2020.

The largest job gains were in government, up 1,900, construction, up 1,300, education and health services, up 1,200, manufacturing, up 800, and transportation, warehousing and utilities, up 700.

Declines were reported in leisure hospitality, down 200, information, down 100, and financial activities, down 100.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the unemployment rate fell year-over-year in all 14 Illinois metropolitan statistical areas for the ninth straight month. Jobs were up in 13 areas and down in one.

The unemployment rate is taken from people who are unemployed and looking for work. A person who has exhausted their unemployment benefits or is not entitled to them will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they are actively looking for a job.