Henry County unemployment decreases by one half of one percent
Henry County’s unemployment fell by a half percent in March, according to statistics released Tuesday from Iowa Workforce Development (IWC).
IWD had the county’s jobless rate at 6 percent in March, compared to 6.5 percent in February. IWD has Henry County’s workforce at 9,340 eligible workers and 560 of that total are unemployed.
Unemployment fell in all southeast Iowa counties with some, such as Lee, experiencing over a one-percent drop. The jobless rate was 8.9 percent in February in Lee County but the figure fell to 7.7 percent in March.
Following are the March jobless figures for neighboring counties, muli-county micropolitan areas and cities (in all cases the February unemployment figure is followed by the March figure).
Counties — Appanoose, 7.7, 6.8; Davis, 6.9, 6.5; Des Moines, 7.3, 6.3; Jefferson, 6.4, 5.9; Johnson, 3.5, 3.4; Keokuk, 6.8, 6.0; Lee, 8.9, 7.7; Louisa, 6.2, 5.5; Mahaska, 6.1, 5.6; Muscatine, 5.8, 5.2; Van Buren, 7.5, 6.4; Wapello, 7.0, 6.5; Washington, 5.1, 4.4.
Multi-county micropolitan areas — Burlington, 7.5, 6.5; Ft. Madison-Keokuk, 8.8, 7.9; Muscatine, 5.9, 5.3.
Cities — Ottumwa, 6.8, 6.4.
Statewide, unemployment edged slightly downward to 4.9 percent from 5 percent. Nationally, March unemployment was at 7.6 percent as compared with 7.7 percent in February.
Allamakee County, located in extreme northeastern Iowa, had the largest unemployment at 8.2 percent. Lyon County, situated in extreme northwestern Iowa, generally the state leader in lowest unemployment, once again had that distinction at 3.1 percent.
Iowa City’s 2.8 percent unemployment led the state’s cities with the highest percentage of eligible workers employed.