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Lower Unemployment and More Jobs in the QC

Unemployment fell again last month in the Quad Cities. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports the jobless rate here fell from 4.4 per cent in September of last year, to 3.4 per cent last month.

Spokesman Tom Austin says the number of people working rose by 7,000, with the biggest increase, 3,000, in the category of Leisure and Hospitality.

"Leisure and Hospitality has continued to see growth over the last year or so as people continue to do activities that take them on the road and travel. And so local communities are meeting those needs."

Other increases occurred in Government and Retail Trade. The largest decline during the past year was in Education and Health Services - that category lost 1,200 jobs.

The highest September unemployment rates were reported in Knox County at 5 per cent and 5.6 per cent in Galesburg. The lowest rates, 3.2 per cent occurred in both Mercer and Henderson counties.

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.