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November 2013 - Volume 21, Number 4


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U.S. and Iowa's Unemployment, October 2012 - Present


The September unemployment rate (7.2 percent) remained stagnant, with lower than expected hiring and even more people dropping out of the job market. State unemployment numbers will not be available until November. Unemployment among young people and minorities remains high, with under-employment still a concern. Iowa’s unemployment rate in August remained at 4.9 percent, with almost 81,000 unemployed.


Source: Iowa Workforce Development, Labor Market Information Bureau, “Monthly Unemployment Rate News”


IOWA ECONOMIC SCORECARD is our quarterly economic forecast, arriving in February, May, August,
and November. It consists of statistics about and analysis of the Iowa economy.


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