Unemployment in Iowa held steady in January, remaining at 5 percent, the same as December’s rate, which was revised upward from an earlier estimate of 4.9 percent.
The number of unemployed Iowans grew by 400 to 82,100 in January, and the number of Iowans working dropped by 500 to 1,547,100.
Teresa Wahlert, Iowa Workforce Development director, pointed to strong year-over-year improvement for the state. Unemployment was at 5.4 percent in January 2012.
The annual average fell to 5.2 percent in 2012 from 5.9 percent the year before.
“Considerable progress was made in 2012 toward reducing the state’s unemployment rate,” she said.
Nonfarm employment grew by 3,700 jobs in January to 1,519,400, following two months of drops.
Professional and business services added the most jobs, 3,100. Manufacturing grew by 2,600. Sectors that lost jobs included education and health services and leisure and hospitality, each with a decline of 1,300 jobs.
Nebraska's January unemployment rate, reported March 7, was 3.8 percent.
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