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Tama County unemployment 5th highest state-wide

April 3, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Unemployment in Tama County stood at 7.9 percent in February, essentially the same rate as January and just slightly higher than the February, 2013, rates. There was a total of 680 workers listed as unemployed in February as in January.

However, the figure is up from 5.8 percent unemployment two months ago (December) when 500 were recorded out of work.

The Tama County unemployment rate stands as the 5th highest among Iowa's 99 counties.

How much of that jump can be attributed to the loss of some 90 jobs at the Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training School for Girls in Toledo has to measured with consideration of other factors Kerry Koonce, Iowa Workforce Development spokesperson, told The Toledo Chronicle.

This includes seasonably adjusted employment rates are not made monthly for counties and the total number in the county workforce which dropped from 8,030 to 8,000 in February, she said.

Koonce said the 90 IJH jobs would be recorded in the Tama County figures regardless of the county of residence of the employees.

Koonce also said the unemployment rates of Allamakee County at 8.7 percent and adjacent Clayton County at 8.2 percent are historically high in February due to the large number of workers in those counties who are employed in seasonal construction jobs.

State-wide, the seasonably adjusted rate was 4.4 percent unemployed in February. A Workforce Development news release said the state has the highest number of employees in five years.

The U.S. unemployment rate for February is listed at 6.7 percent for February.



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