Unemployment rate drops in April

The April unemployment rate dropped to two-point-eight percent compared to two-point-nine percent in March. Iowa Workforce Development director, Beth Townsend, says there were no major ups or downs in the month.

Townsend says the economy shows signs of easing with several industries inching back from huge hiring sprees earlier in the year.

Townsend says there appears to be some concern about the national economy.

The number of unemployed Iowans decreased by 15-hundred to 47-thousand-200 in April. Workers at the Tyson pork plant in Perry are slated to lose their jobs in June, and Townsend said they held a job fair there earlier this week. She says they are trying to find the workers new jobs that are close.

The Perry plant has some 13-hundred workers.



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