Although Unemployment rates climbed in the Southeast corner of the State during January, the State dropped to 3.5%, down from December’s 3.7%. The 3.5% is tied with Kansas for 6th lowest in the nation.
All 7 Counties in the listening area increased during January. Jefferson County went from 4.2% to 4.4%, Davis 3.2% to 3.7%, Henry 3.8% to 4.3%, Keokuk 4.1% to 5%, Van Buren the largest spike going from 3.2% to 4.5%, Wapello County has the highest rate at 5.2%, up from 4.7%. Washington County went from 3.4% to 4.5%.
Marshall County had the highest figure in the State at 8.2%, a full percentage point above 2nd place Clayton County’s 7.2%. Lyon and Osceola Counties tied for the lowest average of 2.6.
The U.S rate is 6.3%. The figures have steadily declined from April’s 11.1% when rates skyrocketed due to the Covid pandemic.