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Iowa job growth continues

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Iowa's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.0 percent in May, but was down slightly from the year ago rate of 6.1 percent.  Nationwide, the unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent in May from 9.0 percent in April, while U.S. employers hired only 54,000 workers, the fewest in eight months.        

"Iowa outperformed the nation in May by posting its strongest job growth for the year," said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development.  "The state marked its fifth consecutive month of job gains led by strong hiring in the manufacturing sector." 

The statewide estimate of unemployed persons edged down to 100,900 in May from 101,600 in April.   One year ago, 102,100 were unemployed in the state. 

 

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