Jasper County’s unemployment rate has increased for three straight months. Iowa Workforce Development announced a 3.3-percent December jobless rate for the County this (Tuesday) morning. Back in September…unemployment in Jasper County was at 2.5-percent. The rate rose to 2.7-percent in October and hit an even 3-percent in November. The state unemployment rate held steady at three-point-one percent in December. Iowa Workforce Development director Beth Townsend says Iowa employers added 24-hundred jobs in December and 34-thousand-200 jobs over the past year. In Jasper County last month, Iowa Workforce Development says the labor force lost 110 workers, going from 18-thousand 570 in November to 18-thousand 460. There were 560 workers in the County searching for jobs in November. Iowa Workforce Development says there are now 610. 17-thousand 840 County residents were employed last month. That’s 180 less than in November. Townsend says employers continue to cite the need for more skilled workers, and that’s one thing Iowa Workforce Development will continue working on.

Townsend believes the state entered 2023 on good footing in the face of some ongoing national issues.

The December unemployment rates for the counties surrounding Jasper are 1.9-percent in Story; 2.2-percent in Marion; 2.6-percent in Mahaska and Warren; 2.8-percent in Poweshiek; 4.7-percent in Tama; and 7.7-percent in Marshall. 

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