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Washington Co. Unemployment Up

Posted: Friday, March 12th, 2010 at 6:42 am
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Washington County’s unemployment rate jumped by nearly a percentage point in January to 6.8 percent. Kerry Koonce with Iowa Workforce Development says the statewide jobless rate edged up slightly as well, but there is some good news: modest gains were made in construction, education and healthcare. While unemployment numbers were up statewide and in Washington County in January, they’re still well below the national rate of 9.7 percent.