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.