Iowa unemployment rate up slightly to 3.9% in May

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s unemployment rate bumped up to 3.9% in May even as more Iowans worked at jobs.

 Iowa Workforce Development reported Wednesday that the rate was up slightly from the 3.8% unemployment rate in April. 

The total number of Iowa residents working rose to 1.58 million in May and the state’s labor force participation rate increased to 66.4%. The number of unemployed residents also increased by an estimated 1,300 people.

 Iowa was tied with Wisconsin for the nation’s 10th lowest unemployment rate. The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 5.8%.

Here in Cerro Gordo County, the non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was at 4.0%, down from 4.3% in April. Floyd, Winnebago and Worth counties are also at 4.0% for May; Wright and Hancock counties are at 3.8%, Franklin and Butler counties are at 3.4%, while Mitchell County has the lowest rate in the area at 2.8%

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