While the state’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly from March to April, more people in the north Iowa area found jobs over the same period.
According to Iowa Workforce Development seasonally adjusted statistics, Floyd County’s unemployment went from 4.6% in March to 4.1% in April. Chickasaw County went from 4.1% to 3.3%, Butler declined from 4.5% to 3.4%, Mitchell dropped from 3.4% to 2.6%, Cerro Gordo improved from 4.4 to 4.1%, Worth dropped from 4.6% to 4%, and Bremer declined from 3.4% to 2.8%. Howard County saw the area’s biggest improvement in unemployment rate from 4.9% in March down to 3.4% in April.
The state’s unemployment rate for April was 3.8%, up slightly from the March rate of 3.7%. In April 2020, when the pandemic was starting to surge, the state’s unemployment rate was 11.1%, the highest mark of the year.
Nationally, the U.S. unemployment rate rose slightly from 6.0% in March to 6.1% in April. The national unemployment rate in April 2020 was 14.8%.