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Iowa Unemployment Drops to 4.7% in April

DES MOINES (CBS 2/FOX 28) - Iowa's unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a point in April to 4.7%, and for the fourth consecutive month the labor force grew.

Those are the take-aways from Friday's release of the state's unemployment rate by Iowa Workforce Development.

Iowa's 4.7% is well below the national average of 7.5% - both of which were down from the March figures.

Total non-farm employment held steady at jut over 1.5 million jobs in April. While there were some gains in manufacturing and the service industry, those gains were offset by losses in construction and government.

The biggest gains came in the education and health services sectors which gained 1,700 jobs in April.

 
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