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Iowa unemployment rate increases to 4.5 percent

Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 11:16 a.m. CST

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched up to 4.5 percent in March, primarily driven by another large increase in the state’s labor force.  The March jobless rate compared with 4.4 percent for February, and 4.8 percent for March one year ago.  Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate for March held steady at 6.7 percent.       

The statewide estimate of unemployed persons edged up to 76,000 in March from 74,200 in February.  The number of unemployed stood at 79,300 one year ago.           

The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,615,200 in March from 1,609,900 in February.  The current figure is 27,100 higher than one year ago.