Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued on a downward path in April, falling to 5.1 percent from 5.2 percent in March.  The state’s jobless rate stood at 5.9 percent one year ago.


Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued on a downward path in April, falling to 5.1 percent from 5.2 percent in March.  The state’s jobless rate stood at 5.9 percent one year ago.  Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate edged down to 8.1 percent in April from 8.2 percent in March.
 
     “Iowa’s recovery made further progress in April as the unemployment rate dropped for the fourth consecutive month and job growth occurred across several industry sectors, said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development.  “Job growth in the state’s construction industry has been particularly strong in 2012, signaling a turnaround in an industry that was adversely affected by the housing downturn.”     
 
     The number of unemployed Iowans dropped to 85,200 in April from 86,800 in March, and from 98,500 one year ago.
 
     The total number of working Iowans increased to 1,578,200 in April from 1,575,700 in March.  The current level is 12,100 higher than the April 2011 figure of 1,566,100.