Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.6 percent in June, but was down from the June 2012 rate of 5.3 percent. Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate for June was unchanged at 7.6 percent.
“The Iowa economy posted solid job gains in June, which helped to accelerate job growth for the first half of the year,” said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “Over the past few months, hiring has occurred in a wider range of industries.”
The statewide estimate of unemployed persons increased slightly to 76,500 in June from 76,400 in May. The current level compares with 87,300 for June 2012.
The total number of working Iowans rose to 1,577,200 in June from 1,576,700 in May. Total employment stood at 1,550,300 one year ago.