Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa Workforce Development spokesperson, Courtney Greene, says the September report shows the lowest unemployment rate in Iowa since 2006.
The unemployment rate in August was three-point-seven percent. July has been the only month this year where unemployment did not drop or stay the same. It went up a half percent in July to three-point-eight. The U-S unemployment rate remained at five-point-one percent in September. The state did lose 21-hundred non-farm jobs in September, but those losses were offset by the gains.
Just one of Iowa’s 99 counties went against the trend of falling unemployment in September.
The total number of working Iowans was 26-hundred higher than August, and 27-hundred more than one year ago.
In our area, Lyon County continues to lead the state in low unemployment, at 1.8 percent, down from last year’s 2.3 percent. Sioux County isn’t far behind with the second-best unemployment figure in the state at 2.0 percent, down from last year’s 2.6 percent. O’Brien County was at 2.6 percent, down 3 tenths of a percent from last year’s 2.9 percent. Osceola County isn’t far behind with 2.7 percent, down from last year’s 3.0 percent.
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