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Iowa unemployment rate drops to 5.7 percent

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) -

More Iowans are working now, than at any time in more than two years. That's the news out of Iowa Workforce Development Tuesday. The state unemployment rate for November 2011 dropped to 5.7 percent, down from 6.2 percent in November 2010.

Eastern Iowa unemployment rates are even lower -- 5.0 percent in Waterloo/Cedar Falls, 5.4 percent in Cedar Rapids, 4.6 percent in Dubuque, and 3.8 percent in Iowa City.

Jacob Luzum is among the growing number of people who are finding new jobs before the holiday season.

"This is actually my first day, I sent in my resume two weeks ago Friday, and I had an interview Saturday. Sunday they sent an email offering the job," he told KWWL Tuesday.

Luzum got help preparing for his interview at the new Career Services Center at Hawkeye Community College.

"They helped me out with mock interviews, getting answers to questions I needed," Luzum said.

That's exactly what the center is designed for, according to the coordinator, Kate Von Tersch.

"Kind of a main center, or a main location, where students know they could go to to get resume help, cover letters, interviewing, all of those skills that really help get them employed after they graduate," Tersch said.

Tersch noticed the job market turning around long before the November 2011 unemployment report came out -- just by checking the online job database.

"Currently we have 150 active jobs," she explained. "We had 166 new employers register with us, and from July until December we posted over 700 positions."

Von Tersch believes, these numbers point to an even better 2012 for job-hunters.

Luzum is hoping she's right -- and by the time he graduates in the spring his part-time gig will become a full-time career.

"I'm not sure if that will happen or not, but it'd be great if it would!" he said.

The Career Services Center at Hawkeye Community College is available for students and community members. You can also receive help looking or interviewing for jobs through Iowa Workforce Development.

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