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Iowa unemployment rate rises slightly as slow recovery from pandemic continues


Des Moines Register: Iowa’s economic recovery continued to be sluggish in May, according to federal data released today. The state added just 800 jobs for the month, continuing a trend of inconsistent growth since November. Iowa added tens of thousands of jobs monthly last summer, but employment in the state has only increased by 5,700 in the seven-month stretch ending in May. During that period, the national economy recovered four times faster than Iowa’s. Though still the 10th-lowest in the country, Iowa’s unemployment rate rose to 3.9% in May from 3.8% in April.  

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