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Iowa unemployment makes "slight" drop

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- The unemployment rate in Iowa dropped ever so slightly in December, but is still much higher than December of 2008.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 6.7% in November, to 6.6 % in December.

The jobless rate in December 2008 was 4.4%.

Nationally, unemployment stayed at 10% for December 2009.

 The state estimates that there were 110,800 unemployed Iowans in December compared to 111,900 in November.

In December of 2008, there were 73,700 unemployed Iowans.

The number of Iowans working was 1,573,000 in December compared to 1,570,300 in November.

In December of 2008, 1,602,900 Iowans had jobs.

Finance was the only job sector that saw gains, up 600 jobs in December.  Government remained unchanged.

Trade and transportation saw the biggest drop, losing 4,200 jobs. The majority of those losses were in retail trade, sparked by weak hiring during the holiday season.

Wholesale trade lost 1,100 jobs, leisure and hospitality dropped 3,300 jobs, construction saw a drop of 1,900 jobs and durable and non-durable goods manufacturing lost 1,800 jobs.

Other services, health services and professional and business services each saw losses of less than 1,000.

Overall for the year, manufacturing is down 19,900, trade and transportation lost 7,900, construction lost 7,700 while education and health services added 2,600 jobs.

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