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3.7% unemployed in Iowa in January


Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7% in January, down slightly from December’s revised rate of 3.9%, according to newly released information from Iowa Workforce Development.

January’s unemployment rate by county ranged from 2.7% in Story and Taylor counties to 10.4% in Marshall County, according to the agency’s website. In Polk County, January’s unemployment rate was 4.3%; in Dallas County it was 2.9%.

In Iowa, the total number of unemployed Iowans dropped to 62,700 in January, down 2,200 from the 64,900 who were unemployed in December, according to the release. The number of people unemployed in December was revised.

In January 2021, midway through the pandemic, 73,100 Iowans were unemployed and the state’s monthly unemployment rate was 4.4%.

In January, 1,680,400 Iowans were employed, up from the 1,675,600 employed in December, according to the release. Iowa’s labor force participation rate in January was 66.8%.

In December 2019, before the beginning of the pandemic, 1,690,000 Iowans were employed and the labor force participation rate was 70.2%, according to department data. The unemployment rate in December 2019 was 2.8% with 49,100 Iowans out of work.

According to the release, 221,500 Iowans were employed in the manufacturing sector in January, up slightly from December when 219,800 were employed. In the leisure and hospitality sector, 137,500 Iowans were employed in January, up from the 135,000 employed in December.

The U.S. unemployment was 4% in January. It was 3.9% in December.

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