January area unemployment rate up from December, down from a year ago
Friday, March 21, 2014 2:29 PM
The unemployment rate for Des Moines-West Des Moines was 5.1 percent in January, down from 5.8 percent a year ago but up from 4.3 percent in December, according to statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today. The January rate was lower than a year ago in 367 of 372 metropolitan areas, including every metro area in Iowa. The unemployment rate for the state was 5.4 percent in January, down from 6 percent a year ago.