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ECONOMY

Carroll County posts 2.5% jobless rate for December

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Carroll County recorded a 2.5 percent unemployment for December, a continuing decline since last spring, when the county posted far higher jobless rates, according to the most-recent figures from Iowa Workforce Development.

The December unemployment rate is a marked drop from April 2020, when it stood at 8.8 percent in Carroll County, the highest monthly jobless rate during the pandemic. A little over a year ago, in November 2019, Carroll County’s unemployment rate was 1.8 percent.

Carroll’s jobless rate has hovered around 2 percent for years — until COVID-19.

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.1 percent in December, a large drop from the November revised rate of 3.8 percent.

The state’s jobless rate was 2.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent in December.

Unemployment rates in area counties in December stood at: Audubon, 2.4 percent; Calhoun, 2.7 percent; Crawford, 4.5 percent; Greene, 2.6 percent; Guthrie, 3.0 percent; and Sac, 2.7 percent.

“The drop in December’s unemployment rate, as well as the increase of an additional 22,800 Iowans finding work, is a good sign for Iowa’s economic recovery,” said Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development director. “November through February are typically the months IWD sees the most unemployment claims due to seasonal layoffs. The fact that so many people found jobs during this time is evidence that our economy remains strong and our recovery from the pandemic is on the right track.”

The number of unemployed Iowans declined to 50,800 in December — down from 60,800 in November. The current estimate is 137,200 lower than the COVID-19 peak in April of 188,000 and only 1,500 higher than the year ago level of 49,300. The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,568,800 in December. This figure is 22,800 higher than November’s number of 1,546,000 and 44,200 higher than April 2020.

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