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Unemployment Rates Rise Locally

Posted: Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 6:23 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

Washington County’s unemployment rate rose nearly 2% from December to January. In December, Washington’s unemployment rate was 3.5% with 400 people unemployed and in January it rose to 5.4% with approximately 700 people unemployed in the county. The state’s unemployment rate also rose, from 4.2% to 4.3%. In addition, all of the surrounding counties’ unemployment rates increased.

County – December rate, January rate (not seasonally adjusted)
Henry – 4.8%, 5.9%
Iowa – 4.5%, 5.9%
Jefferson – 5.3%, 5.9%
Johnson – 3%, 3.4%
Keokuk – 4.3%, 5.9%
Louisa – 5%, 6.2%
Washington – 3.5%, 5.4%