Iowa’s unemployment rate increased to 3.3% in November, up six tenths of a percent from what it was in July and the fourth consecutive month has has inched up.
Just over 68% of Iowans who are 16 or older and actively seeking employment were working in November, about five points higher than the national average.
The most job growth in November came in Iowa’s construction industry, which added 1,800 jobs and about a thousand jobs were added in the financial services sector in November.
The state’s IowaWORKS website lists 62,000 job openings today. According to government data, more than 1.67 million people are working in Iowa.
The national unemployment rate dropped to 3.7% in November.