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Small Decline in QC Unemployment

Unemployment fell slightly in the Quad Cities last month - down one-tenth of one per cent during the past year, to 3.5 per cent in May.

Tom Austin from the Illinois Department of Employment Security says this area added 2,600 jobs during the past year.

"Most of that was in the construction industry - as most of your listeners have experienced the road construction throughout. But we're also seeing growth in other industries such as manufacturing, transportation, and professional and business services."

But the Quad Cities lost some jobs in retail and government. 

Our May unemployment rate of 3.5 per cent means about 6,800 people were out of work and looking for jobs. And the last time the local unemployment rate for May was this low, or lower, was in 2,000 when it was 3.4 per cent. 

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.