Iowa unemployment dips

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 25, 2010 7:30 AM

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Iowa’s unemployment rate declined slightly to 6.6 percent in December 2009 from 6.7 percent in November. This rate continues a five-month streak of relatively stable unemployment.

In December 2008, the state’s jobless rate was reported to be 4.4 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 10 percent in December 2009.

The total number of working Iowans rose slightly to 1,573,000 in December from 1,570,300 in November. One year ago, total employment was 29,900 higher at 1,602,900.

— by Joe Cavaliere

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