unemployment-numbersLocal unemployment rates increased slightly for two local counties to start off 2014.

According to Iowa Workforce Development, Dallas County’s unemployment rate went up one-tenth of a percentage in January to 4%.  That’s still eight-tenths lower than the percentage of residents without a job in January of 2013.

Guthrie County saw a four-tenths of a percent increase in January to 6.1%, which is still a full percentage lower than the same time last year.

The good news comes to Greene County who saw a six-tenths of a percent drop in unemployment in January to 4.7%.  It too is a full percent down from January of 2013.

Overall, Iowa’s unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.3 percent in January, while the latest national unemployment rate was recorded at 6.7%.

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