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Iowa Unemployment Rate Remains at 6.7 Percent

DES MOINES (KWWL) - Iowa's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained stable at 6.7 percent in September according to he Iowa Workforce Development.
The August unemployment rate, which was originally released at 6.8 percent, was revised downward to 6.7 percent, and the year ago statewide jobless rate was reported at 4.2 percent. By comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate edged up to 9.8 percent in September from 9.7 percent in August.

"A growing problem for the state is persistent long-term joblessness," said Elisabeth Buck, director of Iowa Workforce Development. "Due to fairly consistent monthly job losses this year, people are staying out of work longer with no job prospects in sight."

The number of workers estimated as unemployed was unchanged at 113,100 in September. One year ago, the count stood at 71,000.

The total number of working Iowans showed a tentative sign of improvement in September, as the level increased slightly to 1,579,700 from 1,572,500 in August. However, total employment was 26,800 lower than the year ago figure of 1,606,500.

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Online News Director Nate Leding

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