State unemployment rate steady in January

DES MOINES — Iowa’s unemployment rate in January was steady. Iowa’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate remained at 2-point-9 percent for January. Iowa has weathered the cold with minimal seasonal layoffs, with the unemployment rate remaining steady through the winter months.

Iowa Workforce Development spokesman Cory Kelly says the number of unemployed Iowans as well as the number of Iowans who are currently employed both dropped in January.  He says the total number of working Iowans decreased to 1,625,300 in January, 300 lower than December and 800 lower than a year ago. The number of unemployed Iowans decreased to 48,300 in January from 49,300 in December, about 9100 lower than a year ago.

Kelly says durable goods added the most jobs in January. He says durable goods factories added 1200 jobs last month, with much of the gain due to hiring in fabricated metal product shops. Both durable and non-durable goods factories have steadily trended up since last summer and have been largely responsible for Iowa’s non-farm employment growth.

Retail trade lost more jobs than seasonally expected in January, as that sector has not fared well recently as consumers slowly shift away from brick-and-mortar establishments and are instead turning to online retail shopping.

 

== Every county in the KGLO News listening area saw their non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate rise between December and January:

 

December Rate January Rate Change
Butler 3.4 4.6 +1.2
Cerro Gordo 2.9 3.4 +0.5
Floyd 3.7 3.9 +0.2
Franklin 2.6 3.3 +0.7
Hancock 2.5 3.0 +0.5
Mitchell 1.9 2.7 +0.8
Winnebago 2.6 3.0 +0.4
Worth 2.9 3.8 +0.9
Wright 2.6 3.7 +1.1
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