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County unemployment drops in November

Published: Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 12:06 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 12:07 p.m. CST

This past month, Iowa’s state unemployment rate finally dipped under five percent for the first time since 2008. Jasper County contributed to the statewide trend with a sizeable decrease in unemployment over the course of the last fiscal year.

It was announced Friday that Jasper County’s unemployment rate for November of 2012 checked in at 5.9 percent. While this shows a slight increase from October’s 5.7 percent, the unemployment rate within Jasper County has improved by 1.1 percent since November of 2011.

Jasper County’s unemployment rate still ranks the county toward the top of the list in terms of those without jobs in Iowa, but with rates peaking at 8.9 percent last February, the county’s job market has considerably improved during the latter half of 2012.

The majority of counties in Iowa experienced a decrease of 0.5 to one percent, contributing to the overall dip in the state jobless rate. Jasper County was one of 16 counties statewide to experience such a drastic improvement in unemployment levels over the last year, while just three counties out of 99 saw an increase in those without jobs.