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County jobless rate increases by 1.1 percent

Mar 18, 2014

While unemployment in Iowa rose just one-tenth of a percent in January, the jobless rate jumped by 1.1 percent in Henry County, rising from the December 2013 rate of 4.8 percent to 5.9 in January, according to statistics released Monday from Iowa Workforce Development (IWD).

Statewide, unemployment was at 4.3 percent in January, compared with 4.2 percent in December 2013.

Most southeast Iowa counties saw similar increases.

Iowa Workforce Development officials said that the January rate compares favorably with the January 2013 mark of 5 percent.

“Despite a slight increase in the January unemployment rate, Iowa’s unemployment conditions have improved substantially from one year ago,” said Teresa Wahlert, director of IWD. “The state’s annual average unemployment rate for 2013 dropped to 4.6 percent from 5.2 percent in 2012. Iowa had the fifth-lowest unemployment rate in the state in 2013.”

The number of unemployed state residents increased slightly to 71,700 in January from 71,000 in December. The current estimate is 11,800 below last year’s level of 83,500, according to IWD officials.

IWD officials also said the number of working Iowans continued to trend upward in January, reaching 1,606,100. The figure was 1,300 higher than December, and 21,600 higher than one year ago.

Following are the January 2014 unemployment rates for neighboring counties, multi-county micropolitan areas and cities (December 2013 figure is listed first followed by January 2014 rate).

Counties: Appannoose, 6.6, 7.6; Davis, 5.4, 6.2; Des Moines, 5.1, 6.5; Jefferson, 5.3, 5.9; Johnson, 3.0, 3.4; Keokuk, 4.3, 5.9; Lee, 6.4, 8.3; Muscatine, 4.4, 5.3; Van Buren, 4.9, 6.0; Wapello, 5.7, 6.5; Washington, 3.5, 5.4.

Multi-county micropolitan areas: Burlington, 5.5, 6.9; Ft. Madison/Keokuk, 6.5, 8.1; Muscatine, 4.5, 5.5.

Cities: Burlington, 5.6, 6.6; Ottumwa, 6.0, 6.8.

 

 

 

 

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