Jobless rate unchanged in Cedar Rapids, dips in Iowa City

Largest employment gain was seen in trade, transportation and warehousing

George Ford
Published: December 23 2013 | 12:30 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 1:13 am in
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Cedar Rapids' unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.2 percent in November from the previous month, while the jobless rate in Iowa City dipped to 2.8 percent from 3 percent in October.

The number of Cedar Rapids residents employed in November rose by 1,800 from the previous month to 141,000, according to Iowa Workforce Development.

The largest employment gain was seen in trade, transportation and warehousing, which added 1,200 jobs from last month. Retail trade gained a seasonal 900 jobs, a much stronger showing than the October to November 2012 gain of 500.

The only over-the-month negatives were a seasonal reduction of 200 jobs in leisure and hospitality, 200 in natural resources and construction and 100 in durable goods manufacturing, although overall manufacturing employment was unchanged.

Total non-farm employment in the Cedar Rapids metropolitan statistical area gained 1,100 jobs from October and stands at 143,100 jobs. Employment remains 800 above a year ago.

Government has seen the greatest reduction in jobs over the year with a loss of 1,100, entirely in local government. Manufacturing is just 200 jobs above one year ago. Trade, transportation and warehousing has added more jobs than any other industry with a gain of 1,200.

Non-farm employment in the Iowa City metropolitan statistical area added 700 jobs from last month and stands at 97,300, setting a historic high for the area.

The job gains were distributed among all industries except professional and business services and leisure and hospitality which shed 100 and 200 jobs (respectively) due to seasonal reductions. Trade, transportation and warehousing added 400 jobs from October.

Employment remains 1,500 above a year ago almost entirely due to employment gains in service-providing industries.

Iowa's unemployment rate dipped to 4.4 percent in November from 4.6 percent in October, the lowest rate recorded since 2008.

The total number of working Iowans continued on an upward course in November, climbing to 1,593,200 from 1,583,600 in October. The November figure is 44,900 higher than the November 2012 level of 1,548,300.

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