The Western Iowa Advantage Region’s monthly unemployment rate increased to 5.2 percent in May from 4.1 percent in May 2009, according to figures released from Iowa Workforce Development. Iowa’s unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in May from a revised 5.8 percent in May 2009. The U.S. unemployment rate was 9.7 percent in May. Total employment in the region decreased to 46,532 in May from 47,688 in May 2009.
County unemployment rates in the region for May:
Western Iowa Advantage is a partnership of economic development organizations in Adair, Audubon, Carroll, Crawford, Greene, Guthrie, Ida and Sac Counties in Iowa - dedicated to promoting Western Iowa for business and job attraction and retention.