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Iowa's unemployment rate decreases

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Iowa's unemployment decreased 3.7 percent in August from 3.8 percent in July.

The state's jobless rate was 4.3 percent on year ago. 

The U.S. unemployment rate dropped 5.1 percent in August.

The number of unemployed Iowans decreased to 62,400 in August from 63,900 in July. 

The current estimate is 11,700 lower than the year ago level of 74,100.

The total number of working Iowans increased 1,637,700 in August.

Construction led all private sectors in jobs added this month. 

This is the third consecutive gain for the sector.

Finance added jobs in four consecutive months, and rose 1,000 jobs in August.

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