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Iowa's unemployment rate drops slightly in September

Iowa’s rate left it tied with two other states for the nation’s 17th lowest unemployment rate.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4% in September. 

Iowa Workforce Development reported Friday that the rate declined from 4.1% in August, as the total number of unemployed Iowans dropped by nearly 2,000 to 66,100 people. It also announced the addition of 7,000 non-farm jobs in September. 

View the rate broken down by county here.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' September employment summary, Iowa’s rate left it tied with two other states for nation’s 17th lowest unemployment rate. Nebraska had the lowest rate of 2%. California and Nevada had the highest unemployment rates, with 7.5% each. 

Nationwide, U.S. employment claims fell to a new pandemic low last week of 290,000 claims, compared to nearly 24 million claims a year earlier. The nation’s unemployment rate for September was 4.8%. 

An extra $300 a week to claimants under the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance expired nationwide Sept. 6, cutting off millions of Americans who were still benefiting from it. 

Iowa discontinued the extra benefits back in June.

Now Hiring: Are you an employer or job-seeker? Browse openings in the Quad Cities area or submit job openings here.


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