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Iowa Adds 11,200 Jobs in June

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 3.2 percent for June. The state’s jobless rate was 3.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 4.4 percent in June.

Future Ready Iowa Alliance Releases Metrics That Matter Report

Iowa needs an additional 127,700 residents to earn a two- or four-year college degree or other postsecondary credential to reach the goal of 70 percent of the workforce having education or training beyond high school by the year 2025, according to the new Metrics that Matter report released by the Future Ready Iowa Alliance.

Iowan's Jobless and Injury Benefits Increase

Maximum weekly benefits paid to jobless Iowans and to workers injured on the job will increase July 2, 2017, announced Iowa Workforce Development.

The rise in benefits was triggered by an increase in wages covered by unemployment insurance. The average annual wage for insured Iowa workers increased to $44,722.93 in 2016, up from $43,878.12 the previous year.

The new benefit payment schedules will apply to people who file new unemployment insurance claims on or after July 2, 2017, and to workers who are injured on or after July 2, 2017.

Iowa Adds 5,500 Jobs in May

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.1 percent for the third straight month. The state’s jobless rate was 3.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in May.