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Iowa’s unemployment rate up, while Illinois’ hits all-time low

As the number of people WITHOUT jobs rose in December, so did the number of people WITH jobs.

There were changes in Iowa and Illinois unemployment rates in December 2019, one for the better and one for the worse.

In Iowa, the unemployment rate increased to 2.7%, up from 2.6% in November, reported the Associated Press.

Illinois, however, is seeing an all-time low 3.7% unemployment rate, according to online data pool YCharts.

Iowa Workforce Development reported Friday, January 24 that the unemployment rate rose as both the number of people with and without jobs increased in the state.

The December rate was up from a 2.6% in November and 2.4% a year ago.

Iowa's unemployment rate tied with Alabama for the nation's ninth-lowest.

The national unemployment rate in December was 3.5%.

The Associated Press contributed to this report