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Quad Cities unemployment rose slightly in April

The unemployment rate in the Quad Cities rose slightly in April, compared to the same time last year.

The jobless rate was 4%, from 3.6% in April 2023. Total non-farm employment in the area dropped 2,100 over the year, meaning that many jobs were lost.

There were roughly 2,400 job losses in professional business services and 500 in leisure-hospitality. Retail trade and private education-health services were the sectors with the most growth.

The unemployment rate reflects the amount of people out of work, who are looking for a job.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.