After a sharp spike in August, unemployment numbers in Marion County for the month of September have returned to where they were in July. According to data compiled by Iowa Workforce Development, Marion County’s unemployment rate decreased to 5.7 percent in the month of September, down from 9.6 percent in August. The county’s unemployment rate in July had been 5.6 percent.
The return to previous levels seems to confirm the belief that unemployment data recorded for the month of August was skewed by numbers from temporary shutdowns or rolling layoffs. Marion County’s 5.7 percent unemployment rate in September compares to 6.7 percent for the state and a national unemployment rate of 9.8 percent.