Iowa’s unemployment rate rose in July to 4.8 percent, up from 4.6 percent in June.
Total employment in the state fell for the first time this year, by 0.25 percent, but remained at 25,000 more jobs than this time last year. Total nonfarm employment added about 5,000 jobs, mainly in construction, retail, local government and education.
“Despite this month’s increase in the unemployment rate, nonfarm employment continued to advance at a healthy pace,” said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development.
Iowa’s rate was the eighth lowest in the nation. Nebraska’s July rate of 4.2 percent, released Friday, was third, behind North and South Dakota. The national unemployment rate dropped in July to 7.4 percent from 7.6 percent in June.