The state unemployment rate is back in a holding pattern again, staying at 2.5% in September. This is the third month at that rate after 12 straight months where it held at 2.4%. The total number of working Iowans has increased by 45,200 compared to last September. The increase in labor is companies hiring extra workers to get work finished before the winter weather sets in. Locally Jefferson County had an unemployment rate of 2.4% in September, down from 2.6 in August. Other county figures include, Wapello county at 4.0, Van Buren County at 2.4. Henry 2.2, Washington 1.8 and Keokuk at 2.8 percent. Iowa’s unemployment rate remains well below the U.S. rate — which fell to 3.5% in September.