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Iowa unemployment falling


Iowa's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped slightly to 6.0 percent in September from 6.1 percent in August.  The current rate is also lower than one year ago when the state's unemployment rate was reported at 6.2 percent.  Meanwhile, Iowa's jobless rate is more than three percentage points lower than the U.S. unemployment rate, which remained at 9.1 percent in September.    

"Iowa has consistently been on better economic footing than most states with an unemployment rate holding in the low six percent," said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development. 

"However, we recognize that 100,000 Iowans are still unemployed and the department continually works to connect unemployed workers with current opportunities throughout the state.  Most notably, we have ramped up efforts with direct outreach to Iowans when area employers are looking to hire a significant quantity of workers with good pay and benefits."

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