Newscast 09.15.23: Four SC schools on lockdown briefly this morning after social media posting, but no threat was found; Iowa jobless rate remains steady
For the second time this school year, some Sioux City schools were placed in secure mode following a social media posting.
Out of an abundance of caution, North Middle School, North High School, West Middle School and West High School were placed in secure mode on this morning at around 9:00 a.m., said Leslie Heying, director of communications with the Sioux City Community School District.
That was done while law enforcement investigated information that was reportedly seen on social media. Officers dismissed the threat issue and schools were back to normal at 9:35.
Dan Greenwell is seeking re-election to his seat on the Sioux City School Board.
Greenwell currently serves as the school board's president. He announced Thursday he will run for the seat this November.
Greenwell is a business owner and a former executive at Terra Industries and he was elected in 2019. Greenwell was the top vote-getter with almost 2,000 votes more than the other candidates. He ran unsuccessfully for the board in 2015 and was selected as board president in 2022.
Iowa’s unemployment rate rose from 2.7 percent to 2.9 percent in August, tying the year-ago rate, while the U.S. unemployment rate increased from 3.5 percent to 3.8 percent in August.
Despite the rise in unemployment, Iowa gained 2,400 jobs and Iowa’s workforce grew by 500 people in August. The number of unemployed Iowans increased to 50,200 in August from 47,700 in July. The state’s overall labor force participation rate decreased slightly from 68.8 to 68.7 percent in August. The total number of working Iowans decreased to 1,692,400 in August. This figure is 2,000 lower than July and 24,300 higher than one year ago.
With respiratory virus season on the horizon, experts are urging Iowans to get their vaccines as soon as possible.
A vaccine for RSV is available for those 60 and older and infants under 8 months of age.
This week federal officials approved the newest updated COVID-19 booster, which is expected to be available to Iowans soon.