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Iowa non-farm employment decreased for the first time this year

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Employment numbers for June came out this week, showing unemployment is up from last year.

According to Iowa Workforce Development, the Iowa unemployment rate in June 2009 was 6.0 percent. Compare that to last month, when the unemployment rate was 6.8 percent.

The number of non-farm jobs decreased from May to June. That was the first decrease in non-farm jobs in 2010.

Iowa Workforce Development said part of that stems from the loss of temporary Census jobs, as the Census wraps up.

"Probably in March where we started seeing more people come in and more jobs open up," Sedona Staffing Services president Nikki Kiefer said. "Right now, you know, there are a lot of good people out there, with great longevity and great skills."

Those people include Heather Robins, who lost her Cedar Rapids job when her company went through a management change.

"A bunch of the guys got laid off and I was next," Robins said. "My boss actually started crying when she had to tell me... It wasn't by choice."

Robins recently moved to Dubuque to be closer to family.

"I've been looking for a job here for a year," she said.

Robins said she wishes she could've found a job before the move, so she could afford her own apartment. She's currently living with family. Also, she said, she has student loans to pay off after her 4-year degree.

"It's hard to find a job that's not willing to pay more than seven or eight dollars an hour. It's hard to live on that."

Good news came for another job-seeker Jim Hollister with temporary employment.

"Happy because now I'm going to be back to work again," Hollister said.

As far as the future, "all you can do is hope," he said. "Don't get too discouraged."

Despite the decrease in non-farm jobs from May to June, jobs in certain sectors increased. Those include professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing and financial activities. Job sectors that lost numbers include trade and transportation, construction and education and health care. That's according to Iowa Workforce Development.

Follow the links on the left for more information from that organization.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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