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Unemployment Unchanged in December


Unemployment held steady in the Quad Cities in December - at 5.9 per cent - the same as in December a year ago.

Tom Austin from the Illinois Department of Employment Security says the decline in the number of un-employed offset the increase in the number of those employed. 
The 5.9 per cent rate translates into an estimated 11,000 people in this area who were out of work AND looking for jobs in December.

The Quad Cities lost a total of 45-hundred jobs in December - with losses in government, retail, construction, and professional and business services. But we gained a few jobs in leisure and hospitality. 

Unemployment was nearly the same in November - just one tenth lower at 5.8 per cent - and that was the same as in November last 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.