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March 14, 2017DES MOINES, Iowa |  By: AP

Iowa's unemployment rate continues to decline

Iowa's unemployment rate dropped to 3.3 percent in January as Iowa employers added nearly 10,000 jobs. Iowa Workforce Development announced Monday that the rate dropped from 3.5 percent in December and is down from 3.8 percent a year ago. The national unemployment rate rose to 4.8 percent in January.  

Agency director Beth Townsend says employers in the state added 9,900 jobs, with hiring especially strong in professional and business services. The number of unemployed residents dropped from 59,000 in December to 56,600 in January.