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Iowa's unemployment rises

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State labor officials say Iowa's unemployment rate rose slightly in March, hitting the same figure as a year ago: 6.1 percent.  Nationally, the March unemployment rate dropped to 8.8 percent, compared with 8.9 percent in February.

Iowa Workforce Development says there were 102,700 people out of work in March -- 1,000 more than in February and 800 more than in March 2010.

Iowa's non-farm employment increased by 4,400 jobs in March, with gains in manufacturing and several service-providing industries.

Meanwhile, in neighboring Nebraska, the March unemployment rate was just 4.2 percent.

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