By Katie Dahlstrom Assistant Editor
The Clinton Herald
---- — CLINTON — Clinton's unemployment rate went up slightly in July, inching from 6 percent a month earlier to 6.1 percent, according to the Iowa Workforce Development office.
This July fared better than last July when the unemployment rate was 6.3 percent.
Of Clinton's 13,550-member workforce, 830 were unemployed in July, 10 more than last month, the report shows. It's the second month of increasing unemployment in the area.
Last month the rate jumped from 5.3 percent in May. In April, the city had a 5.3 percent unemployment rate, down from March when it was 5.7 percent. In February, Clinton had a 6.5 percent unemployment rate. The unemployment rate was 7 percent and 5.9 percent in January and December, respectively.
Clinton is tied for fifth highest unemployment rate out of Iowa's 23 largest cities. Seven other cities had more people unemployed in July than in June, while 10 cities saw more employed and six saw no change.
The Fort Madison-Keokuk micropolitan area had the highest unemployment rate in July at 7.5 percent, or 1,560 of its 20,950-member workforce.
Clinton County's unemployment rate in July was 5.6 percent, up from 5.5 percent in June.
Jackson County also saw a slight uptick from 4.8 percent in June to 4.9 percent in July.
Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 4.8 percent in July from 4.6 percent in June, but remained substantially below the July 2012 rate of 5.5 percent.
The U.S. unemployment rate for July dropped to 7.4 percent from 7.6 percent in June.
“Despite this month’s increase in the unemployment rate, nonfarm employment continued to advance at a healthy pace,” said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “Nonfarm jobs have increased by 5,000 or more for the past three months.”
The statewide estimate of unemployed persons increased to 79,300 in July from 76,300 in June. The level of unemployed was reported at 89,300 one year ago.
Total employment dropped for the first time this year, falling to 1,573,200 in July from 1,577,200 in June. However, the current figure is 25,000 higher than one year ago.