Jasper County’s unemployment rate last month did exactly what the statewide rate did, increase by point-2 percent. Iowa Workforce Development says the County’s labor force grew by 130 potential workers during October, while the number of employed residents went up 80 and the number of unemployed increased by 40. That moved the County’s jobless rate from 2.5-percent in September, to 2.7 percent last month. Out of 18-thousand 770 Jasper County workers, Iowa Workforce Development says 18-thousand 260 had jobs last month. 510 did not. In September, those local numbers were 18-thousand 640 workers; 18-thousand 180 employed; 470 unemployed. Iowa Workforce Development spokesman Jesse Dougherty says growth in jobs hit a key mark last month.

Across the state last month, seasonally adjusted numbers show there were 1-million 712-thousand potential workers. 1-million 662-thousand 400 had jobs, while 49-thousand 700 were unemployed. That’s 2.9-percent unemployment, compared to 2.7-percent in September.  Dougherty says inflation and other factors still create some headwinds for employers,  but it’s encouraging to see some strong indicators.

Other employment areas are also showing positive signs.

The October unemployment rates for Jasper’s neighboring counties are…. 

1.9-percent in Marion

2-percent in Story

2.3-percent in Mahaska…Poweshiek…and Warren

2.5-percent in Tama

2.6-percent in Polk

and 3.7-percent in Marshall

The seasonally adjusted national unemployment rate in October was 3.7-percent, up from 3.5 in September. 

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