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IOWA & NEBRASKA JOBLESS RATES EDGE HIGHER

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Iowa’s unemployment rate climbed slightly in July to 2.5% but remains among the lowest in the nation.

Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday that the unemployment rate rose from 2.4% in June.

The rate had been at that level since July 2018.

Although the unemployment rate increased, the number of residents with jobs also rose by about 4,000 compared to June.
The number of unemployed residents increased by about 1,400.

Iowa’s unemployment rate was third-lowest in the nation, behind Vermont and North Dakota and tied with New Hampshire.

Meanwhile officials say Nebraska’s unemployment rose a tenth of a point from June to 3.1% in July.

The new Nebraska rate is well below July’s national preliminary rate of 3.7%, which is unchanged from June.

The department says nonfarm employment was up nearly 6,800 over the year-ago figure and up more than 9,500 over the month.

The Nebraska Labor Department says the preliminary July rate was four-tenths of a point higher than the adjusted July 2018 rate of 2.7%.

The national unemployment rate in July was 3.7%.