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Unemployment Fell Again in April

Unemployment continues to fall in the Quad Cities. The rate has fallen from 5.8 per cent in April of last year, to 3.7 per cent last month.

Tom Austin from the Illinois Department of Employment Security says this area added a total of 7,400 jobs during the past year - in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, manufacturing, and retail. A few jobs were lost in education and health services.

"Overall when we see the unemployment rate continue to drop, as well as strong job growth when we look over the year, it points to some positive signs when we look at the local economy. That we are seeing kind of a broad-based improvement when we look at employment opportunities."

Since January, the unemployment rate has fallen from 5.3 per cent, to 4.6 in February, 4.3 in March, and now 3.7 per cent in April.

Also last month, unemployment fell in all 14 Illinois metropolitan areas, and the state created more than 230,000 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.