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Unemployment Rates Down from July to August for Most North Iowa Counties

Unemployment rates for most north Iowa counties were down from July to August.

According to data from Iowa Workforce Development, the jobless rate fell by two to three-tenths of a percent for many area counties. Fayette and Howard counties saw the biggest declines with Fayette dropping from 4.4% unemployment in July to 4% in August; and Howard falling from 3.3% to 2.9% respectively.

The only county to see an increase in unemployment for August was Floyd,  going from 3.8% in July to 3.9% last month. However, the 2021 rate was much improved from August a year ago when Floyd County led the area in jobless rate at 5.6%.

The state unemployment rate for August was 4.1%, essentially the same as July’s jobless rate. Iowa’s unemployment rate was 5.3% in August 2020.

Rates below reflect Aug. 2021/July 2021/Aug. 2020

Floyd County 3.9%/3.8%/5.6%

Chickasaw County 3.1%/3.3%/3.9%

Mitchell County 2.5%/2.5%/2.5%

Fayette County 4.0%/4.4%/4.5%

Bremer County  3.1%/3.2%/3.2%

Butler County 3.2%/3.4%/3.5%

Howard County  2.9%/3.3%/3.2%

Winneshiek County 3.6%/3.6%/3.6%

Worth County 3.5%/3.5%/3.6%

Franklin County 3.3%/3.5%/3.1%

Cerro Gordo County  3.8%/4.1%/4.7%

 

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Mark Pitz

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