Unemployment Rates In Region Remain Fairly Stable

Thu 11-7-2019

(Des Moines)-- Figures released today (Thurs.) show Iowa's jobless rate in September was unchanged from August at 2.5 percent. That's down slightly from 2.4 percent a year ago.

Beth Townsend of Iowa Workforce Development says the state's labor force increased by 7,900 from August and that the number of those unemployed increased to 44,200 in September from 43,800 in August. The total number of Iowans working increased to 1,694,200 in September, 7,900 more than August and 45,200 more than a year ago.

Locally, the September unemployment rate for Dickinson county stood at two percent. The rate for Clay county was also at two percent. Emmet county was at 1.7 percent, Palo Alto at 1.6 percent, O'Brien county was at 1.7 percent and Osceola county posted a 1.6 percent jobless rate.