Local jobless rate down from last year

The unemployment rate of Marshall County has decreased since last year.

According to Iowa Workforce Development data released Monday, the unemployment rate from January in Marshall County is 7.1 percent. In January of last year it was at 8.1 percent.

Kerry Koonce, communications director for the Iowa Workforce Development, said the unemployment rate in Marshall County steadily went down throughout the year, which is typical when it’s not seasonally adjusted.

Since December however, the unemployment rate stayed the same.

“There was no increase or decrease,” Koonce said.

Tama County’s unemployment level is at 7.8 percent, Hardin County’s unemployment level is at 6 percent and Grundy County’s unemployment level is at 5.4 percent.

In Marshall County, there are 20,050 total people working non-farm jobs.

This number is down 70 people from December.

“It’s a pretty small change,” Koonce said.

Statewide, Iowa’s unemployment rate in January slightly increased to 4.3 percent from 4.2 percent in December. There are more than 1.6 million Iowans working.

The U.S. unemployment rate in January decreased to 6.6 percent from 6.7 in December, the lowest rate since October of 2008.

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