Despite some seasonal layoffs the State’s unemployment rate decreased once again in November to 3.6%, down just slightly from October’s 3.7%.
Here in Southeast Iowa Wapello County had the biggest drop going from 4% down to 3.5%, Jefferson County right behind at 3.2%, down from the previous month’s 3.6%. Davis County had a slight drop going from 2.7% to 2.6%. Van Buren County was nearly identical to Davis, dropping from 2.6% down to 2.5%.
Washington County held steady at 2.3%.
Henry County went up just a bit from 2.9% to 3%. Keokuk County also had an increase in rate, currently sitting at 2.8%, October’s figure 2.6%.
To end October there were nearly 60,000 unemployed Iowan’s, November continued to trend in a positive direction, as that number fell by around 2,000. The national unemployment rate fell to 6.7% for the month.