Thanks to the pandemic, unemployment in the Quad Cities has reached the highest April level in nearly 40 years. Our jobless rate hit 15.2 per cent last month - reaching a level last seen here during the farm crisis in the early 1980's (1983).
Two weeks after it crested in the Quad Cities, the Mississippi River has finally fallen below flood stage. The National Weather Service says Thursday morning it measured two-tenths of a foot below flood stage, and it will continue to fall.
Minor flooding continues in the Quad Cities - Friday the Mississippi River is one foot above flood stage. It should hold near that level through the weekend, then begin to rise and by late next week reach two feet over flood stage.
A group dedicated to fighting discrimination, hatred, and injustice, will try to recruit young people this weekend. One Human Family will hold an event Saturday for teenagers called "Raise Your Voice ! Change the World."