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Iowa added jobs this fall


DES MOINES (KWWL) -– Iowa's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was reported at 6.7 percent for October, while the September rate was also revised downward to 6.7 percent.  The state's jobless rate stood at 6.5 percent one year ago.   

"After two quarters of weak job growth, Iowa's companies hired workers at a particularly strong pace in October," said Elisabeth Buck, director of Iowa Workforce Development. 

The statewide estimate of unemployed persons edged down to 112,400 in October from 112,800 in September.

The total number of working Iowans rose slightly to 1,561,700 in October from 1,561,600 in September, but those levels are still slightly lower than one year ago.   

On the whole compared to last year, the Iowa economy has advanced by 9,900 jobs.  While this month's increase is positive news, Iowa still falls far behind pre-recession levels. 

Professional and business services reflected the strongest turnaround, increasing by 10,500 since last October.  Manufacturing was a distant second with an over-the-year gain of 4,900, followed by education and health services, up 3,300 jobs.  Alternatively, trade and transportation led all super sectors with losses of 6,400.  Government trails last year's level by 2,500 jobs due to budget cuts in local government and the early retirement program offered by the State.                                                                                              

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