November 29, 2011 - 11:09 am - Posted in News

Unemployment numbers for northwest Iowa continue to be quite low compared to other areas of the state, and Lyon County again has the lowest unemployment rate in the state.

The October 2011 numbers are just out, and compared with last year at that time, O’Brien County has no change, with 4.0 percent. Osceola County unemployment is down four tenths of a percent from 5.0 to 4.6. In Sioux County it’s up slightly from 2.9 to 3.1. Lyon County’s unemployment is down slightly from last year from 3.0 to 2.7 percent.

Interestingly enough, the northwest quarter of the state also has the highest unemployment. That’s Hamilton County with 9.0 percent. They also had the highest jump, from 7.2 percent last year. The county was dealt a blow when the Webster City Electrolux plant closed last March.

Meanwhile, the statewide unemployment rate held steady at six-percent in October despite an increase in jobs. Iowa Workforce Development spokesperson, Kerry Koonce, says the number of unemployed dropped below 100-thousand for the first time since November of 2009. The problem is that jobs are like a Black Friday bargain — a lot of people are lined up for them — but the supply is limited.

Koonce says there were new jobs created.



Koonce says job losses were the highest in the leisure and hospitality industries.

Iowa had an unemployment rate of six-point-two percent at this time last year, so Koonce says holding in place is a positive.



The U-S unemployment rate dropped to nine (9%)percent in October from nine-point-one (9.1%) percent in September.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

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