Unemployment up in Jefferson County
The unemployment rate in Jefferson County rose from 5 percent in October to 5.1 percent in November.
According to Iowa Workforce Development figures, in October, Jefferson County had a labor force of 7,830, with 7,440 employed and 390 unemployed. In November, the county had a labor force of 7,990, with 7,580 employed and 410 unemployed.
The Iowa Workforce Development figures show an increase in the unemployment rate in Van Buren County from 4.5 percent in October to 4.6 percent in November. In October, Van Buren County had a labor force of 3,700, with 3,540 employed and 170 unemployed. In November, the county had a labor force of 3,720, with 3,550 employed and 170 unemployed.
In nearby Henry County, the unemployment rate decreased from 4.7 percent in October to 4.3 percent in November.
In Washington County, the rate remained steady from October to November at 3.0 percent.
In Wapello County, the unemployment rate rose from 4.5 percent in October to 4.6 percent in November.
Lyon County had the lowest unemployment rate in November at 1.9 percent, and Lee County had the highest unemployment rate in November with 6 percent.
The county employment numbers are not seasonally adjusted.
The statewide and local data for December is set to be released Jan. 28.
For information, visit the Iowa Workforce Development website at www.iowaworkforce.org.