Des Moines, Iowa — The state unemployment rate dropped in January.
Iowa Workforce Development has now released figures for the first month of 2021 and they report that the January rate dropped to three-point-five percent from three-point-seven percent in December. The number of unemployed Iowans decreased by 25-hundred in January — and the current estimate is 132-thousand-800 lower than the COVID-19 peak in April.
The number of unemployed is 81-hundred more than January one year ago when the unemployment rate was two-point-eight percent. A statement from the head of Iowa Workforce Development says she expects the unemployment rate to continue to decline as we enter spring and seasonal layoffs come to an end.