JOBLESS RATE: March Increase For Iowa

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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.