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Iowans react to new unemployment numbers

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- For many people the Labor Day holiday is a time to relax from the daily grind, but for others it's just another reminder that they are out of a job.

New numbers show counties across the state continue to see increases in unemployment. In eastern Iowa, Black Hawk, Dubuque, Linn, and Johnson Counties all saw a minor increase of one percent or less. Butler and Jones remained the same, while Floyd, Chickasaw, and Fayette Counties saw a decrease.

Nakol Biggs of Waterloo lost her in job in April. She spent Labor Day weekend camping at George Wyth State Park with her family, but tomorrow she will resume her new career as a student. She decided to go back to school while the economy improves.

"It was more of a push for me because I was wanting to go back to school but I didn't get the motivation and being fired got me motivated to go," Biggs said.

All told there were 113,800 Iowans looking for work in July, which is more than the population of Waterloo and Cedar Falls combined. Those who will be looking for a job in the near future hope things turn around and fast. 

"It's hard to say... It seems like a lot of things keep going down hill but you got to think everything goes down hill, but it eventually raises back up," Biggs said.

Even though a job search can be tough, your chances of finding a job are still better in Iowa than most other states. The national unemployment rate is 9.6 percent while Iowa's unemployment rate is 6.8 percent.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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