The U.S. Census Bureau says that Illinois' population continues to drop with many people crossing over, into bordering states like Iowa.
The population dropped more than any other state between 2014 and 2015, with one person leaving every five minutes. The population went down by more than 20,000 over the past year. Other states though, like Iowa, saw population growth.
The Illinois Policy Institute says the decline is a result of weak job growth, a sluggish state economy, and fiscal mismanagement.
Statewide for November of 2015, the unemployment rate for Illinois dropped by .2 % compared to the numbers from November of 2014. However, the unemployment rates did increase in 12 metro areas during that same time period.
In the Quad Cities, the unemployment rate for November of 2015 was the same as that of November of 2014, 5.8%. The area did lose 3,200 jobs though. In November, John Deere announced more than 200 layoffs at its seeding facility in Moline. In August, John Deere announced 180 layoffs at its Davenport and East Moline facilities.