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May Unemployment Rate Rises in Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa’s unemployment rate ticked up a tenth of a percent from April to May, but it’s still lower than it was a year ago and far under the national rate.

The May rate is 4.4-percent, up from 4.3-percent in April. Last year at this time the rate stood at 4.8-percent.

“Iowa’s nonfarm employment continued to trend upward in May, as several sectors reached all-time highs this month,” says Teresa Wahlert with Iowa Workforce Development.

In Iowa, leisure and hospitality added the most jobs in May, followed by construction and transportation.

The national unemployment rate remains at 6.3-percent.