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County jobless rate shows minimal increase

Nov 23, 2012

Unemployment in Henry County rose by .1 percent in October, inching from 5.6 to 5.7 percent. Meanwhile, the state jobless rate fell by the same percentage — 5.2 to 5.1 percent, according to state labor data released by Iowa Workforce Development.

As for neighboring counties and communities, it was a mixed bag but increases or decreases were minimal among most neighbors.

Following are the latest unemployment figures for neighboring counties, multi-county micropolitan areas and cities (September rate followed by the October rate).

Counties — Appanoose, 6.1, 6.4; Davis, 7.2, 5.5; Des Moines, 5.7, 5.8; Jefferson, 5.8, 5.7; Keokuk, 5.0, 4.6; Lee, 7.8, 7.9; Louisa, 4.9, 4.8; Muscatine, 4.6, 5.1; Van Buren, 5.8, 5.6; Wapello, 7.5, 6.6; Washington, 3.6, 3.6.

Multi-county micropolitan areas — Burlington, 5.9, 5.9; Ft. Madison/Keokuk, 7.4, 7.6; Muscatine, 4.6, 5.0.

Cities — Burlington, 6.1, 5.9; Ottumwa, 8.2, 7.0.

The U.S. jobless rate in October was 7.9 percent, up from 7.8 percent in September.

Lee County’s 7.9 percent unemployment was the highest in the state. In fact, no other Iowa county had unemployment above 7 percent. Lyon County’s 2.4 percent represented the lowest county figure; Lyon County borders South Dakota in extreme northwest Iowa.

 

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