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Unemployment Rates Steady to Down Slightly from April to May

Unemployment rates were steady or down slightly across north Iowa counties from April to May.

According to Iowa Workforce Development, the jobless rate in Floyd County went from 2.5% in April to 2.2% in May while Chickasaw County dipped from 2.1% in April to an even 2.0% in May. Winneshiek County saw the area’s biggest improvement, going from 2.8% unemployment in April to 2.2% in May. 

Other counties showing slight improvements in their May jobless rates include Mitchell at 1.6% (down from 1.7%in April); Franklin at 1.9% (down from 2.1%); Butler and Worth both at 2.1% (down from 2.3% and 2.4% respectively); and Fayette at 2.5% (down from 2.7%).

Counties seeing their unemployment number stay the same from April to May include Bremer at 1.8%, Howard at 2.1% and Cerro Gordo at 2.3%.

The statewide jobless rate for May was 2.7%, down from 3.0% in April.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA

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