For the third month in a row, Iowa’s unemployment rate went up.
The March rate came in at 4.5-percent. That’s up from February’s 4.4-percent.
Officials say more than 7,000 people entered the labor force last month.
Despite the increase in the unemployment rate, Iowa Workforce Development says the state’s total employment level set a record in March with 1,615,200 Iowans working.
Across the nation rates rose in 17 states and were unchanged in 12.
The national unemployment rate sits at 6.7-percent.