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QC Unemployment Falls Again

For the 11th month in a row, unemployment fell in the Quad Cities. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says it dropped from 6.8 per cent a year ago, to 4.6 per cent in February.

Spokesman Tom Austin says the Quad Cities gained 7,300 jobs during the past year, with big increases in leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, retail, and construction. The only sector with losses was education and health services.

"Due to holiday breaks that industry sometimes does measure some declines over the year and that depends on when the colleges and schools are back and when they register that employment. So some of those losses may be attributed to seasonal breaks compared to overall losses."

He says overall there was strong job growth in the Quad Cities as we continued to recover from the pandemic.

Illinois gained 259,000 jobs during the past year.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.