February 2013 - Volume 21, Number 1
U.S. and Iowa's Unemployment, December 2011- Present
Nationally, unemployment remained flat in the 7.8-7.9 percent range, with many workers still not even looking for jobs. Iowa’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent for the second month in a row, with 80,000 unemployed. The total potential Iowa workforce remains low, with only 1,638,500 people in the workforce. Almost 56,000 people have stopped looking for work since the high in March 2007. Welcome to the new “normal.”
Source: Iowa Workforce Development, Labor Market Information Bureau, “Monthly Unemployment Rate News”
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