County unemployment rate declines
Unemployment in Jefferson County declined from 5.9 percent in March to 6.2 percent in April.
According to Iowa Workforce Development figures, in March, Jefferson County had a labor force of 7,750, with 7,300 employed and 450 unemployed. In April, the county had a labor force of 7,780, with 7,360 employed and 420 unemployed.
The Iowa Workforce Development figures show a decrease in unemployment in Van Buren County from 6.3 percent in March to 5.9 percent in April. In March, Van Buren had a labor force of 3,720, with 3,480 employed and 240 unemployed. In April, the county had a labor force of 3,670, with 3,450 employed and 220 unemployed.
In nearby Henry County, the unemployment rate decreased from 5.9 percent in March to 5.2 percent in April, and in Washington County, the rate decreased from 4.4 percent in March to 3.4 percent in April.
Lyon County had the lowest unemployment rate in April at 2.7 percent. Allamakee County had the highest with 7.2 percent.
The county employment numbers are not seasonally adjusted.
Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April dropped to 4.7 percent from 4.9 percent in March and was well below the year-ago rate of 5.2 percent.
U.S. jobless rate for April eased down to 7.5 percent in April from 7.5 percent in March.
“The state’s unemployment rate continued to show improvement in April, falling to its lowest level since December 2008,” said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “The statewide labor force also grew for the fourth consecutive month, a sign that individuals are feeling more confident about the job market.”
The estimate of unemployed persons dropped to 77,800 in April from 80,500 in March. The number of unemployed stood at 86,200 one year ago.
The total number of working Iowans increased for the seventh consecutive month in April, climbing to 1,570,900 from 1,562,100 in March. The level stood at 1,557,900 one year ago.