January unemployment rate drops down after review

The U-S Bureau of Labor Statistics did some tweaking of Iowa’s unemployment numbers at the end of the year leading to a revised rate for both December and January of three-percent. Iowa Workforce Development director, Beth Townsend, says it’s something they do every year.

December and January unemployment rates were first announced at three-point-two percent until they were revised down. Townsend says that’s positive news.

The number of people in the workforce dropped down slightly in January.

Unemployment numbers for February will be out next week, giving more information on how the year is starting out.

The state’s unemployment rate was slightly lower one year ago in January at two-point-nine percent. The U-S unemployment rate remained at three-point-seven percent in January.


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