Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.6% in October…far better than the national rate of 6.9%. The number of unemployed Iowans declined to 58,500 in October – down from 78,700 in September. Iowa’s peak unemployment rate during the pandemic was 11.0% in April and now has fallen by 7.4 percentage points. Iowa’s rate now is less than a point above where it was one year ago, then at 2.8%
Cedar Rapids Police investigating an armed robbery at the Oakland Road Hy-Vee; it happened last night around 7:30. A Hy-Vee employee called CRPD and said a clerk working in the Wine and Spirits area was robbed at gun point. The suspect was described as a black male wearing a black sweatshirt and black facemask armed with a handgun. Police searched the area, but the suspect was not located. No one was injured in this incident and CRPD is continuing to investigate.
A Clive man is dead after a single car accident near the entrance of Lake MacBride State Park in Johnson County. Sheriff’s Officials say it happened late Sunday evening. When deputies arrived, they found a single car had crashed and was fully in flames. The driver, and only occupant, was later identified as 21-year old Conner Moll from Clive, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, which only released information about the incident this morning.
More schedule changes for the Waterloo Black Hawks hockey team…and the annual Thanksgiving game at Young Arena is one of the coronavirus casualties. The United States Hockey League announced several games were postponed involving virtually every team. Tonight’s game against the Lincoln Stars, tomorrow’s game against the Des Moines Buccaneers, Wednesday’s game against Lincoln, the Thanksgiving game against Dubuque and a game the following Saturday against Green Bay have all been declared “no contests”. The league is working to reschedule the games. The Black Hawks hope to open the home season on Friday, December 4th against the Sioux Falls Stampede.