Unemployment Down Statewide, Lyon And Sioux Still Lowest

Date posted - January 27, 2012

Unemployment in Lyon and Sioux Counties continues to be the lowest in Iowa.

The December figures were just released, and Lyon County still holds the low spot with 3.0 percent unemployment.  However, since the figures are not adjusted for seasonal work and some people are unemployed only because it’s winter — the figure is up from the November rate of 2  .4 percent.  Last year at this time, it was 3.3 percent.  In Sioux County, December unemployment was at 3.6 percent.  That’s up from the November number of 2.8 percent, but even with last year at this time.

In O’Brien County, unemployment in December was 4.7 percent, which is up from the November rate of 3.8 percent, and down from a year ago at this time, when it was 5.0 percent.  Osceola County unemployment for December was at 5.3 percent, which is still less than the state average.  It’s up from November, but again, much of that is due to seasonal employees not being employed in the winter.  The November rate was 3.8 percent.  In December, 2010, it was 5.6 percent

The statewide figure is seasonally-adjusted.  That rate fell to 5.6 percent in December, the lowest level reported since June 2009. That’s down slightly from 5.7 percent for November, and down a half a percent from last year at that time, when the rate was 6.1 percent . The U.S. unemployment rate dropped for the fourth straight month in December to 8.5 percent.  That’s down two tenths from last month’s 8.7 percent, and down almost a percent from December 2010’s rate of 9.4 percent.

By Scott Van Aartsen News Director

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