Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 2.7 percent in December. The state’s jobless rate was 2.4 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 3.5 percent in December.
And Floyd County, has easily the highest unemployment rate in the entire state. The staggering 4.3% attached to the area, has risen steadily over the last couple of months. The 2nd highest rate in the state is Clinton County which is well-over a half percent better-off than Floyd – sitting at 3.7%.
Director Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development says, “Given the holidays and weather in December, it was not surprising to see a slight increase in the unemployment rate. Still, Iowa’s workforce grew by 4,400 jobs in December and has grown by 64,900 since the previous December. We continue to have more jobs than people to fill them and programs like Future Ready Iowa will help Iowans get the training they need for high-demand occupations and employers to find the talent pipeline they continue to need.”
The number of unemployed Iowans increased to 47,200 in December from 46,200 in November. The current estimate is 6,800 higher than the year ago level of 40,400.
The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,716,100 in December. This figure was 4,400 higher than November and 64,900 higher than one year ago.