Mercer County Unemployment Rate 6.7 Percent; Below State Average

The Mercer County unemployment rate at 6.7 percent. The number is for February and compares to a 5.6 percent figure that was recorded the same period a year ago.  Unemployment is also higher from year over year levels in Henderson, Henry, Knox, Rock Island and Warren counties, according to data released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
In the region, total nonfarm employment decreased 11,200 compared to February 2020. Educational-Health Services (-2,400), Leisure-Hospitality (-2,000), Government (-1,500), Manufacturing (-1,400), Retail Trade (-1,100) and Professional-Business Services (-1,000) sectors recorded the largest employment declines compared to one year ago.
The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and seeking employment. A person who exhausts benefits, or is ineligible, still will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.
Statewide, the Illinois unemployment rate is at 7.8 percent with the national rate at 6.6 percent.