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North Iowa Unemployment Rates Mostly Down From April to May

Unemployment rates for most area north Iowa counties saw an improvement from April to May, while the state as a whole saw May’s jobless rate ticked up slightly.

Data from Iowa Workforce Development indicates Floyd County’s unemployment rate went from 4.2% in April to a flat 4.0% in May. Other counties seeing their jobless rates drop for the same period include Chickasaw from 3.4% to 3.3%; Butler from 3.6 to 3.4%; Fayette from 4.2 to 4.1%; Franklin from 3.5 to 3.4%, Cerro Gordo from 4.3 to 4.0%. Howard and Winneshiek counties saw the most improvement from April to May. Both declined by .4% to 3.1 and 3.5% respectively.

The jobless rate was up in Mitchell County from April to May, but the percentage of those out of work was still low at 2.8% in May, up from 2.6% in April. Bremer County also saw unemployment increase from 2.9% in April to 3.2% in May.

The state’s overall unemployment rate for May was 3.9%, up slightly from April’s rate of 3.8%. The state’s jobless rate in May one year ago was 8.3%.

Iowa Workforce Development estimates about 63,500 Iowans unemployed in May, compared to the almost 138,000 unemployed in May 2020, when the pandemic caused widespread layoffs across the state.

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Mark Pitz

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