Iowa's unemployment rate up slightly to 2.7% in December

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa's unemployment rate increased slightly to 2.7% in December.

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Iowa Workforce Development reported Friday the unemployment rate rose as both the number of people with and without jobs increased in the state.

The December rate was up from a 2.6% in November and 2.4% a year ago. Iowa's unemployment rate tied with Alabama for the nation's ninth-lowest.

The national unemployment rate in December was 3.5%.