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Slight Increase in the Marion County Unemployment Rate

Iowa’s unemployment rate remained unchanged last month, but the rate of jobless workers in Marion County increased in the month of August. According to figures released this week by Iowa Workforce Development, 6.6 percent of residents in Marion County were unemployed in August, up from 6.4 percent in July. Despite the increase, Marion County’s unemployment rate is still two tenths of a percent lower than the state average of 6.8 percent and three percentages points lower than the National jobless rate of 9.6%.