A couple of northwest Iowa counties have the lowest unemployment in the state. The figures for May are in, and Lyon County again has the state’s lowest unemployment — and it’s getting lower. It was 3.3 percent in April, and 3.1 percent in May. This as the Grand Falls Casino was hiring its crew of 700 employees. Sioux County didn’t fare too badly either. They came in second lowest with 3.7 percent unemployment. O’Brien County saw improvement from 4.9 to 4.4 percent — good for 14th place; and Osceola County also improved from 5.5 to 5.3. That was good enough to remain in the top half, at number 48 out of Iowa’s 99 counties. These numbers are not seasonally adjusted, so heading into summer, most areas would see a spike in jobs.
The statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.0 percent in May, but was down slightly from the year ago rate of 6.1 percent. Nationwide, the unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent in May from 9.0 percent in April, while U.S. employers hired only 54,000 workers, the fewest in eight months.
By Scott Van Aartsen
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