An Iowa Workforce Development spokesperson in the Marshalltown office told The News-Herald what appeared to be a “math error” is in the January report which showed 9,070 in the workforce in the county, a total of 8,300 employed and 780 unemployed or 8.6 percent. That should be 770 unemployed.
The February figure still leaves the county at 8.4 percent unemployment compared to the state-wide average of 6.1 percent. Again the total workforce is listed as 9,070 workers with 8,310 listed as employed and 760 without jobs or 8.4 percent for February.
Workforce Development figures show a total of 12 Iowa counties have higher rates than Tama with Allamakee (county seat Waukon) and Lee counties (county seat Ft. Madison) each showing 10.6 percent unemployed.
For bordering counties the figures were (January shown in parenthesis): Marshall 7.8 percent - 1,620 unemployed (8 percent - 1,650 unemployed); Grundy 6.8 - 400 (6.3 - 400); Poweshiek 7 - 770 (7.7 - 750); Benton 7.3 - 1,100 (7.6 - 1,100); Black Hawk 6.6 - 5,000 (6.7 - 4,900).
Note: Total labor force numbers fluctuate in most counties month-to-month.
A Workforce Development news release said, in part- The Iowa job market continued to show improved hiring in February, while the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 6.1 percent. Iowa’s jobless rate was also 6.1 percent for February 2010. Meanwhile, the U.S. jobless rate for February edged down to 8.9 percent, the first time the rate fell below 9.0 percent since April 2009.
“The weak recovery that began in the summer of 2009 appears to be stabilizing,” said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “Non-farm employment has increased steadily since September, a departure from the slow hiring pattern experienced last summer.”