North Iowa Follows State Unemployment Trend from May to June

Unemployment rates across north Iowa followed the state trend with  slight upticks from May to June.

The jobless rate in Floyd County in June was 4.5%, up from 4.1% in May. Howard and Franklin counties also saw a .4% increase in unemployment to 3.6% and 3.5% respectively.  Bremer, Winneshiek and Cerro Gordo counties saw their unemployment rates increase by .5% from May to June to 3.7%, 4.1% and 4.7% respectively. 

Chickasaw and Butler counties’ June jobless rate was 3.6% and 3.8%, both up .3% from May. Worth County went from 4.1% to 4.3%, and Mitchell County’s unemployment rate was up .1% to 2.9%. Fayette County improved their unemployment rate from 4.2% in May down to 3.7% in June.

The state of Iowa June jobless rate was 4.0%, up from 3.9% in May. Iowa Workforce Development cites more workers entering the workforce as the main reason for the higher unemployment numbers, which are down from 7.1% in June 2020.

The national unemployment rate for June was 5.9%, almost identical to May’s jobless rate.

Mark Pitz

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

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