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.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA

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